GCFF gets up close and personal with David Wenham

When it comes to bringing celebs to the Gold Coast, no one does it quite like the Gold Coast Film Festival. Last year saw uber hotties Kellan Lutz and Jason Momoa, among others, setting hearts aflutter across our golden shores, now in an exciting prelude of what is to come, Aussie acting icon David Wenham is set to make an appearance on for an exclusive Q+A screening and Queensland premiere of his film ‘Ellipsis’.

A 30 year acting veteran, David has appeared in both Australian and international films working with world-class directors such as Jane Campion, Peter Jackson, Michael Manns, Paul Cox and Baz Luhrmann. Most recently, David featured in the 2017 release ‘Lion’, alongside Nicole Kidman.

Gold Coast Film Festival director Lucy Fisher is delighted to welcome David to the Gold Coast just weeks ahead of the Festival.

“David’s visit is a great opportunity for filmmakers and film lovers alike to find out more about the creative processes of one of the industry’s most acclaimed actors,” Ms Fisher said.

“Given the unique nature of the creation of ‘Ellipsis’, it will be interesting to get an insight into how the film was made and the challenges David experienced along the way.”

Already receiving rave reviews, ‘Ellipsis’ was devised as a one-off experiment, created and executed by David himself.

The film was conceived, workshopped and shot all in 10 days with just two main cast and four on-set crew. The actors were not given a written script or time to rehearse, instead they were free to work organically and spontaneously in real, working locations and situations.

Set to the backdrop of Sydney, the feature film takes the audience on a night of adventure after the chance meeting of two strangers, Jasper (Benedict Samuel) and Viv (Emily Barclay).

Their accidental meeting sets in motion a chain of events that sees the two strangers embark on a night of adventure and connection that challenges their separate lives.

The event is the perfect curtain raiser to get film-buffs excited for 13 jam-packed days of 100-plus film and film-related events taking place as part of the annual Gold Coast Film Festival from 17 – 29 April.

At the event presented by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and Gold Coast Film Festival, the highly-acclaimed actor, writer, director and producer will share a screening of his directorial debut, followed by an interactive Q+A session with both David and executive producer Rob Connelly on Thursday 8 February at 6.45pm at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Tickets available from theartscentregc.com.au.



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