Love Horror? Gold Coast Film Festival has you covered

Gold Coast Film Festival is set to deliver more than 100 events across 13 Gold Coast locations this month and if you’re a fan of horror, you’re in for a treat. The festival is dishing up four nights of horror including the world premier of Out of The Shadows and the Australian premiere of Cage Dive. 

Cage Dive (pictured) will screen for two nights of the festival. It’s an edge-of-your-seat boneshaker, tracking three American friends who travel to Australia to cage dive with a great white shark. But a freak wave capsizes their boat and the hapless trio gets far more up close and personal than they’d intended. Writer / Director Gerald Rasionato will be at the festival for Q+A following the first screening of this minimalist, ‘found-footage’ thriller. Cage Dive screens Wednesday 26 April at 7.15pm at The Arts Centre Gold Coast and on Thursday 27 April at BCC Coolangatta at 6.30pm. Tickets here.

XX is the first horror anthology film to be completely written and directed by female filmmakers. From a twisted take on motherhood to carnage on the camping ground, these four macabre stories swing from terrifying to hilarious. The anthology gathers together a gold mine of talent including the directorial debut of Annie Clark (aka popular musician St Vincent), a terrifying twist on Rosemary’s Baby from the legendary directorial talent of Karyn Kusama, and a cabin in the woods episode unlike any you have experienced. XX premiered at Sundance Film Festival and will screen on Friday 28 April at The Arts Centre Gold Coast at 8.30pm. Tickets.

Rising Australian actress Kendal Rae (The Shannara Chronicles) is the star of Out of the Shadows, which introduces us to a young couple who’s new dream house holds some horrific secrets. Playing like a frightening Aussie mash up of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this elegantly mounted thriller directed by veteran local filmmaker Dee McLachlan (The Jammed) features a gorgeously baroque score from award-winning composer Christopher Gordon and was filmed in the lush hinterland of the Tweed. It has its world premiere at Gold Coast Film Festival on Saturday 29 April at 8.30pm and the filmmakers will be at the event for Q&A following the screening. Tickets.

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Gold Coast Film Festival runs 19 – 30 April. Get the full program and book tickets at

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