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5 Flicks You Can’t Miss At This Year’s Gold Coast Film Festival

By Bronte Holding - 01 Apr 2019

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The Gold Coast Film Festival is back again and this time it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. Held from 3-14 April, the festival features a 12-day program packed with screenings, workshops, panel discussions and loads more. With over 100 films to choose from, it can get a little overwhelming, so we’ve put together a list of the five must-see screenings at this year’s Gold Coast Film Festival. Get the popcorn ready, it’s going to be a good one.

Little Woods | Crime And Drama

This crime film starring Tessa Thompson (Westworld, Thor: Ragnarok) is a modern take on the traditional western by first-time filmmaker Nia DaCosta. Following the story of Ollie, an ex con with a few days left on her parole, DaCosta uses the film as a platform to open up discussions about American society and the way it traps women in a cycle of crime and poverty. Whether you’re a fan of Tessa Thompson or just love a good crime-thriller, then be sure to catch this film.

When: From Friday 5 April
Where: Various locations 
For tickets, click here

Emocean | Documentary

This surf-film-turned-doco is about much more than just hanging 10, shakas, and barrel rides—although it does feature all of those things too. This is a documentary with a lot of heart and soul, including the salty tales of an eclectic assortment of people. Stories of adventure, love, adrenaline, loss, and a shared passion for the ocean and its power. You’ll also get an inside look into countless iconic coastal locations, from Hawaii’s pipeline and California’s Mavericks to more remote spots on the north west and south of Australia. Director Tony Harrington will also be present for a Q & A after the film screening at BCC Cinemas in Coolangatta.

When: From Friday 5 April
Where: Various locations
For tickets, click here

Woman At War | Comedy

This quirky and original comedy follows Halla, a woman in her late-40s and an undercover eco-warrior battling the growing corporate mining interests that are spreading throughout the land. However, when her application for adoption is accepted, she must choose between becoming a new mum and saving the environment. Described as a mix of comedy, drama, thriller and musical, Woman at War is heart-warming, crowd-pleasing cinema at its finest and most intelligent. If you like to leave a film with that warm, fuzzy feeling, then this one is for you.

When: From Thursday 4 April
Where: Various locations
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The Furies | Horror

This reinvention of the old school slasher film by Tony D’Aquino follows seven young women who are abducted and forced to take part in a not so fun game. Starring Airlie Dodd (Killing Ground, Neighbours, Ready for This and Rake), this film is not for the faint hearted or weak-stomached. For seasoned horror lovers and fans of gore and slasher films, this is a must see. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

When: Sunday 14 April, 5pm
Where: Event Cinemas Coomera
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High Life | Science Fiction

If you like your movies weird, thought provoking and a little disturbing, then make sure you get yourself to a screening of High Life. Directed by Claire Denis, this American/French film explores the deep, existential emptiness that humans face when they are plunged into outer space. Robert Pattinson (Twilight, Water For Elephants) plays one of several death row criminals sent on a one-way mission to explore a black hole, however a team of unethical and unhinged scientists that are also on board decide to use the mission for a series of immoral experiments. 

When: From Friday 12 April 
Where: Various locations
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