Gold Coast secures Australian premiere of new ELVIS movie

The Gold Coast will roll out the red carpet for an array of movie stars and celebrities, with the city securing the Australian premiere of the highly anticipated new ELVIS movie.

Universal Pictures revealed the exciting news on Thursday, confirming the premiere will take place at Event Cinemas, Pacific Fair on Saturday, June 4.

“We’re thrilled to announce the greatest show on Earth will come to the Gold Coast when Oscar-nominated visionary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann returns home for the Australian premiere of his highly anticipated drama ELVIS,” the statement said.


Baz Luhrmann admitted the Gold Coast was the obvious choice to host the event, given the movie was shot entirely on the coast over two years in 2020 and 2021.

“There’s simply no way we could premiere this film anywhere else in Australia but the Gold Coast, or as we have come to know it – The Goldie!” Luhrmann said.

“Not only did we shoot the film there, but with the support of local council and government, we were able to complete almost all the post-production there as well.

“My entire creative team, our families and I have developed a true love of and deep relationship with the emerging energy and creative spirit of The Goldie.

“The many artists and friends whom we have met along the way have made us think of it as a new creative home. I’ve been quoted saying, and will continue to say, that I would recommend to any filmmaker in the world to come to this exciting place.”

Luhrmann will be joined by two of the film’s leading stars Austin Butler and Australian Olivia DeJonge on the red carpet, with many of the film’s 95 Aussie cast members also expected to attend the gala event.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was another huge coup for the city.

“By having ELVIS filmed here, it has not only put the Gold Coast and Queensland in the global spotlight, but it has given 900 Queensland cast and crew jobs and provided a boost of more than $130 million into our economy.

“This has been critical to our economic recovery during the challenging pandemic times.”