Must-see events at the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival

The Gold Coast Film Festival is gearing up for a huge 12 days of cinematic fun, with this year’s program to kick off at HOTA, Home of the Arts tomorrow night.

With 178 films to be screened over the course of the festival, as well as an array of events, we chatted with the organisers to find out the highlights of this year’s festival.

Here are some of the must-see films and events:


Opening Night (2040 Australian premiere)
Date: 3 April
Where: HOTA, Home of the Arts
What: The festival will explode to life with the the Australian premiere of 2040, the latest film by when award-winning filmmaker Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film). Damon will be in attendance at the event and will take part in a q&A following the screening.

Laneway Cinema: The Legend of Jackie Chan
Date: April 6
Where: Gold Coast Chinatown
What: Immerse yourself in Jackie Chan’s unique slap-stick Kung Fu for a night of authentic Asian food experiences and the screening of two Chan classics; Karate Kid and Drunken Master.

Gold Coast Movie Locations Tour
Date: April 6-7 & 13
Where: Various Locations
What: If you’ve ever wondered where Jason Momoa hung out, Dwayne Johnson worked out, Eva Longoria went for a run, Daniel Radcliffe got a tan or where Chris Hemsworth likes to holiday – this tour is for you!

PHOTO: Supplied by HOTA

Lady Parts Live Commentary Screening: Scream
Date: April 9
What: Hosted by the Lady Parts podcast team, Aimee Lindorff and Sophie Overett, with guest Maria Lewis, film critics will love the casual conversation that flows in the comfort of the cinema as the 90s horror film is dissected to discover the techniques and tools used to ensure Scream left its mark on teen film, horror, and pop culture.

Date: 11 April
Where: HOTA, Home of the Arts
What: Rub shoulders with celebrities at the World premiere of Australian film, Locusts. Nathaniel Dean, Peter Phelps, Caroline Brazier and George Burgess are some of the big names set to be in attendance, with the cast and crew to do a Q&A following the screening.

Blind Cinema
Date: April 12-13
Where: HOTA, Home of the Arts
What: The Blind Cinema will see a row of blindfolded adults sit in the darkness of a movie theatre while children seated behind them whisper descriptions of what is unfolding on screen.

PHOTO: Supplied by HOTA

Closing Night (Escape and Evasion)
Date: April 14
Where: HOTA, Home of the Arts
What: Enjoy the world premiere of Escape and Evasion on the last night of the festival. Proudly filmed on the Gold Coast, this locally made production is an exciting war movie and a compelling examination into the troubling effects of PTSD. The film’s cast and crew, including Hugh Sheridan, Bonnie Sveen, Josh McConville and Blake Northfield, will take part in a Q&A after the film.

For more information on the Gold Coast Film Festival, and to book tickets, visit: