Where to get your open air cinema fix this month

It’s that time of year again, Gold Coast. There’s a gentle chill in the air, and it’s the perfect time to grab a mate (or mates) and an oversized blanket, and head out to check out some cinema under the sky. Whether you’re a horror head, an action fan, or it’s really rom coms that float your boat, we guarantee that this year’s Gold Coast Film Festival has an outdoor cinema experience for you.

LANEWAY CINEMA: THE LEGEND OF JACKIE CHAN | Saturday 6 April, 5pm – 9pm

With more than 100 films under his belt, Jackie Chan’s unique slapstick style Kung Fu is inimitable. Enjoy a night of authentic Asian food experiences at the Chinatown Street Market, martial arts demonstrations and table tennis alongside two films, ‘Karate Kid’ and ‘Drunken Master’, which capture the legend that is Jackie Chan. 5pm Karate Kid (PG) 7.20pm Drunken Master (M)

WHERE | GOLD COAST CHINATOWN, DAVENPORT ST & YOUNG STREET, SOUTHPORT COST | FREE

SIPFEST: SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, PART OF THE SURFERS PARADISE FESTIVAL OF FILM, MUSIC AND DANCE | Saturday 6 April, Music 5pm, Films 7pm

SIPFest is the annual short film festival that transforms Surfers Paradise Beach into a vibrant and unique cinema, delivering a unique outdoor film experience like no other in Australia. With sand below and stars above, enjoy 14 finalist short films from drama to comedy (and everything in between), hosted by SeaFMbreakfast presenter and filmmaker Heather Maltman. The films are in the running for $8000 in cash prizes across 7 categories, judged by a panel of industry experts (see page 15) and the audience can also cast their vote on the night for the people’s choice award. Arrive early and experience the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra performing music from the movies from 5pm. BYO picnic blankets and chairs for an incredible night of free movie music and short films on Surfers Paradise Beach!

WHERE | SURFERS PARADISE BEACH, BETWEEN CAVILL AVE & HANLAN ST COST | FREE

SIPFEST: B.OLD AND DANCE CLASSICS | Sunday 7 April, Activities 1pm, Films 4.30pm

B.OLD – is a showcase of eight short films that challenge perceptions about ageing from Queesland filmmakers. The whole family will enjoy an afternoon of music and dance performances from local schools and groups, before two classic Australian dance films, ‘Dance Academy: The Movie’ and ‘Strictly Ballroom,’ and the program of B.OLD short films, are screened on the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach.

WHERE | SURFERS PARADISE BEACH, BETWEEN CAVILL AVE & HANLAN ST COST | FREE

FLOATING CINEMA: 50 FIRST DATES | Wednesday 10 April, 6pm

It’s the ultimate date night… Sit back, under the stars on the top of the luxe Spirit of Elston riverboat and watch the adorable rom-com about falling in love every day, ‘50 First Dates’. The night begins with cruising the waterways and soaking up the views of the Gold Coast skyline. Then settle in to watch the film, with Hawaiian-themed cocktails from the fully-stocked on-board bar plus complimentary nachos and popcorn. Unlike poor Lucy (Drew Barrymore) in the film, we promise it will be a night you won’t forget.

WHERE | APPEL PARK JETTY, SURFERS PARADISE | AGES | 18+ COST | $35 INC. COMPLIMENTARY POPCORN AND NACHOS

BURLEIGH BREWING OUTDOOR CINEMA: BOOGIE NIGHTS | Friday 12 April, 6pm

Set in the heady days of the ‘70s porn boom in the San Fernando Valley, ‘Boogie Nights’ follows the adventures of a young porn star named Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg). With the edginess of a gangster movie and the lightness of a screwball comedy, this is a film filled with sex, drugs and of course, Rollergirl. Grab your mates and head to Burleigh Brewing Outdoor Cinema to get your Boogie Night on. With an R18+ film and beer on tap, this one is definitely an adults-only night.

WHERE | BURLEIGH BREWING CO. 2 ERN HARLEY DR, BURLEIGH HEADS | AGES | 18+ COST | FREE

GOLD COAST SUPERHERO WEEKEND: MOVIES IN THE MALL | Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April, 6pm

Grab a beanbag and travel inside a video game on Friday night with a free screening of the entertaining family adventure ‘Spy Kids 3: Game Over’ and the rip-roaring action fun of ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.’ The second night spans 8-bit retro games and modern phone apps with the bird-against-pig fun of ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ followed up by the hilarious old-school video game nostalgia of ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs The World’. Site open from 5pm. As sessions are limited, please arrive early to secure your seat and headset!

WHERE | BROADBEACH MALL STAGE, VICTORIA AVENUE COST | FREE ALL AGES

HORROR IN THE HINTERLAND | Saturday 13 April, 5.45pm

Up a winding mountain road, on a dark Springbrook street surrounded by trees, a night of horror awaits the bravest. This spine-tingling outdoor event begins with a screening of ‘The Furies’, a new bloody Australian survival thriller, followed by a screening of the 2012 twisted slasher flick ‘Cabin in the Woods’. The Furies follows seven young women who are abducted and forced to take part in a deadly game. Produced by Lisa Shaunessy (Killing Ground) and starring Airlie Dodds (Killing Ground, Neighbours, Book Week and Rake), the film is the debut feature for writer/director Tony D’Aquino and has been described as “reinventing the old-school slasher movie”. The Furies filmmakers and selected cast will be in attendance. Set in one of the most unique film screening locations the Gold Coast has to offer – this is a one-night only event that will be full of surprises – including the exact location, which will be revealed to ticketholders closer to the night. Food and drink will be available to purchase on the night. Bring a rug or foldable chair, some beanbags are available.

WHERE | SECRET SPRINGBROOK MOUNTAIN LOCATION AGES | 18+ COST | $35

SURF FILMS AT COOLY | Sunday 14 April, Activities 5pm, Films 6.30pm – 9pm

Dive in to three surfing films that explore the challenges, community and conservation around surfing and our coastlines. This beachside film night begins with ‘Proximity’, a film that takes viewers on a journey to some of the most exotic locations around the world, capturing conversations between the world’s best surfers. ‘Never Town’ is part surf film, part conservation film, about surfers working together to protect a special part of the Australian coast. Finishing the night is ‘Under an Arctic Sky’ which documents a journey to the most remote corner of Iceland in search of perfect surf. Bring a rug or chair and grab food and drink from one of the many local restaurants nearby.

WHERE | QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK, MARINE PDE, COOLANGATTA COST | FREE

Many of the ticketed events above are likely to sell out, if they haven’t already. Be sure to jump onto gcfilmfestival.com for more information and tickets, if required. Gold Coast Film Festival runs from 3 to 14 April 2019.

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