Premieres, special guests and industry workshops feature among a comprehensive programme for the 18th annual Gold Coast Film Festival, to be held in April.
The Gold Coast Film Festival in 2020 will host four world, nine Australian and eleven Queensland premieres, alongside appearances from screen industry luminaries including actors Jack Thompson and Hugo Weaving, producers Sue Maslin, Greer Simpkin, John Pilger and Chris Brown, and directors Wayne Blair, Kriv Stenders and Warwick Thornton.
The festival will open with one of the most highly-anticipated films of 2020, 'I Am Woman', the debut feature film from Unjoo Moon and one of the 24 premieres screening at GCFF in 2020. The closing night honours go to the Australian premiere of 'Bloody Hell', a dark comedic thriller shot on the Gold Coast.
The opening and closing night films bookend a festival season of movies from Australia and around the world as well as workshop and industry panels.
“In addition to our incredible opening and closing night films, I’m thrilled that we are hosting the world premiere of 'Slim & I', the incredible documentary that shines a light on Joy McKean, Australia’s own queen of country music, and her enduring partnership with Slim Dusty,” Festival Director Lucy Fisher says.
“It will be an honour to welcome Joy and the film’s director Kriv Stenders and producer Chris Brown on the red carpet at HOTA (Home Of The Arts) and participate in a Q&A after the screening.”
Highlights of the festival will be the Gala Screening of 'Never Too Late' with legendary actor Jack Thompson and producer Antony Ginnane in attendance on Saturday 18 April. Award-winning actor Hugo Weaving will also attend the festival and take part in a Q&A following the screening of the gripping drama 'Hearts And Bones' on Tuesday 21 April. The festival’s much-loved Women in Film Lunch will feature guest speakers, award-winning children’s content producers Nadine Bates and Kristen Souvlis of Queensland’s Like A Photon.
A highlight of the local events calender, Gold Coast Film Festival shines a spotlight on Queensland's thriving screen industry, which employs more than 7,100 people across the state and is worth over $1 billion to the economy.Click here to view the full programme.
Gold Coast Film Festival is on 15-26 April. Main festival hub for screenings is at Home Of The Arts (HOTA), with additional screenings and events held at 14 locations across the Gold Coast.