Attention festival heads! The line-up for the 2013 Gold Coast Film Festival has dropped like it’s hot and we’re salivating over some of the inclusions in this year’s program. Like the quirky auntie of the Australian festival scene, the 11-year old event has paid tribute to its genre origins with an interesting mix of cult and critically acclaimed flicks. Highlights include:
Doomsday Book: the South Korean zombie flick comes off an award-winning run at international film festivals. It won ‘Best International Film’ at the 2012 FantAsia Film Festival and ‘Best Sci Fi Film’ at the 2012 Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
Sushi Girl: a film that fortunately has nothing to do with that scene in the Sex and the City movie. This is an ultraviolent crime film that’s one for genre fans with a cast that includes Noah Hathaway (The Never Ending Story) and Tony Todd (Candyman).
Welcome To The Punch: the Australian premiere of the British crime thriller, featuring a wicked cast in James McAvoy and Mark Strong (as a baddie, no doubt).
My Other Me: one for the fangirls and boys, this doco looks at the world of cosplay.
All Superheroes Must Die: a film that’s interesting enough on it’s own, but add in a Q&A panel with director/writer/producer/ and star Jason Trost and Lucas Till from X-Men: First Class and this is one not to miss.
The Evil Dead remake! What what! The festival will end on a terrifying note as the Sam Raimi produced screamer brings things to a close. Let’s see if it can live up to the ‘most terrifying film ever made’ tag the posters have been spruiking (the trailers induce urine, so most likely yes).
Something. No, that’s not the film title. Organisers have flirted with the announcement of a world premiere coming in the following days. Eeek.
There are 28 films playing over the 10 day event including a bucket load of Q&A’s with the talent thanks to a partnership with the Supanova Pop Culture Expo (which sees a lot of the A-List guests popping over for a chat). For a full list of films, guests, seminars and tickets head to the Gold Coast Film Festival website at: http://www.gcfilmfestival.com/
The 2013 Gold Coast Film Festival runs from April 18 – 28 at Birch Carroll and Coyle Cinemas, Pacific Fair.
Maria Lewis – follow Maria on Twitter here: @moviemazz