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Top 5 | Flicks You Don’t Want To Miss At The Gold Coast Film Festival

By Brooke Darling - 29 Mar 2016

Autumn weather is here and that means time to head indoors for a visionary feast on the big screen, all thanks to the 14th annual Gold Coast Film Festival.

We’ve already given you the lay of the land via our pick of the best events to hit up during this 11-day celebration of film. But if sitting in a cavernous dark room, scoffing popcorn (by the handful, that’s us), getting wide-eyed, and deeply drawn into a captivating storyline is your idea of a few hours well spent, you don’t want to miss these seriously good flicks, our top five pick of the bunch.

Eddie The Eagle

Eddie The Eagle, counting Aussie icon Hugh Jackman and rising star Taron Egerton among its cast, has been chosen as the opening night entertainment of the 14th annual Gold Coast Film Festival. When his dreams to make the British ski team are crushed, determined and courageous Michael “Eddie” Edwards turns his focus on becoming the first Olympic ski jumper to represent Britain. All odds are stacked against this unlikely athlete, but his fighting spirit is infectious as he makes an appearance at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Watch the trailer here.

Where: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise + Birch Carol and Coyle Cinemas Coolangatta
When: 6:45pm on Thursday, March 31 and 3pm on Sunday, April 3 respectively

Broke

An Australian-made flick, this screening of Broke will be the film’s Queensland premiere. Following the trials of a disgraced rugby league star, Ben “BK” Kelly, accused of match fixing and with a deep-rooted gambling addiction, it’s a gritty and realistic account of BK’s struggles to turn his life around with the unwavering support of an everyday elderly bloke and his daughter. If you love a good Q&A session, the director, producer, and cast will be on hand for a post-film drilling. Watch the trailer here.

Where: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise
When: 6pm on Friday, April 1

Spear

If you have any ounce of appreciation for dance and theatre, we reckon you’re going to absolutely love this. Spear is extra spesh in that it’s the first feature film from Sydney’s Bangarra Dance Theatre, with choreography by Stephen Page, and the world’s first ever contemporary indigenous dance movie. This dramatic theatrical production is the haunting storytelling of the life of Djali, an Aboriginal boy learning what it is to be an Aboriginal man in the modern world. It’s sure to be moving stuff. Watch the trailer here.

Where: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise
When: 1:45pm on Saturday, April 2

Mustang

We’ll be taking tissues for what’s certain to be an unforgettable flick. Mustang is a moving story revolving around a family of sisters in Turkey who, when showing their age and innocent recognition of their sexuality, are supressed by their parents; their spirits and identities controlled, where marriage is not about love, instead by arrangement. Yet these strong-willed siblings refuse to have their freedom crushed by a predictable, mapped-out future. A poignant tale of heavy cultural practises that still exist widely today; nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award, this is a foreign film with subtitles. Watch the trailer here.

Where: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise
When: 10am on Saturday, April 9

Drama

Drama is the story of a vivacious yet broken-hearted Aussie called Anna, who escapes to Paris to chase her dreams of working as an actress, while running from a failed relationship in which she still desperately yearns for her ex. Anna’s pursuit of happily ever after comes with new friendships, laughter, tears, and bumps in the road, all set to the beautiful backdrop of the city of love. With some racy adult themes, this one’s rated R+, so leave the kids at home. Watch the trailer here.

Where: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise
When: 3pm on Saturday, April 9

 

Photo Credit: Gold Coast Film Festival

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