The Gold Coast Film Festival has unveiled its 2017 program, featuring 120 screenings and events across 13 venues.
The 15th annual Gold Coast Film Festival will screen 32 feature films from 12 countries, including four world premieres, nine Australian premieres and eight Queensland premieres, as well as a slew of short films, events, panels and intimate Q&As with filmmakers.
The festival will open with the Queensland premiere of Pork Pie, a fast-paced adventure film inspired by the 1981 Kiwi classic Goodbye Pork Pie. The film tells the story of a trio of accidental outlaws — Dean O’Gorman (The Hobbit), Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues) and James Rolleston (Boy) — as they speed across New Zealand in a stolen MINI Cooper.
Director Matt Murphy, star James Rolleston and two of the film’s producers will be in attendance on Opening Night.
The highest-profile film on the program looks to be The Circle, a sci-fi thriller based on the novel by Dave Eggers. The film — which explores the darker side of technology and social media — features an all-star cast including Emma Watson, John Boyega, Tom Hanks, Patton Oswalt and the late, great Bill Paxton.
Sundance favourite XX, the first horror anthology to be completely written and directed by female filmmakers, will also screen at the festival. XX marks the directorial debut of Annie Clark, aka St Vincent.
The festival will also introduce a new Movie Locations Tour, which will take guests on a three-hour journey visiting the shooting locations of 20 films, including blockbusters Kong: Skull Island, The Shallows, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, San Andreas and Muriel’s Wedding.
On Friday 28 April, Robina Town Centre will host Brewed at the Kitchens, an evening of coffee demonstrations, espresso martinis, tastings and a unique screening of Barista, a film which follows competitors at the World Barista Championship.
Movie magic will even reach the southern end of the GC in the form of Surf Classics, a two-day event at Coolangatta that will celebrate surf culture with live entertainment, competitions and screenings of Endless Summer (Saturday 29 April) and Surf’s Up (Sunday 30 April) on top of Kirra Hill.
A diverse line-up of actors, directors and producers — including Deborah Mailman, Sue Maslin, Isabel Lucas, Simon Wincer, Claudia Karvan, Jan Chapman, Tony Barry and the legendary David Stratton — are also set to appear at the festival.
The Gold Coast Film Festival will run from 19-30 April. Tickets are now on sale; for the full program, visit gcfilmfestival.com.