Ever conscious of the need to diversify and grow, organisers of the 18th Annual Gold Coast Film Festival will this year invite film lovers to a series of all-new screenings of classic films in a variety of locations in and around the Gold Coast area.
Outdoor cinemas will pop up in random places such as rooftops, cinemas, beaches and even boats at selected intervals with Gold Coast Film Festival Director Lucy Fisher promising a fun-filled experience unlike no other.
“While film lovers will embrace the chance to see their favourite movies in such unique settings, our pop-up cinemas will also prove popular with people looking for a memorable night out,” she said.
“From watching Bradley Cooper and his crazy mates in The Hangover while floating on the Broadwater to reacquainting yourself with the Mean Girls poolside at QT Gold Coast, there will be sure to be a great buzz in the air.”
Launching the pop-up cinema extravaganza on 17 April will be Clueless on the Rooftop, which will see audiences escorted to a secret location atop Southport’s Australia Fair where they will celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the Alicia Silverstone teen cult classic in true Gold Coast style.
Relax into your beanbag, drink in hand, as the sun goes down and then watch the best movie of the ’90s under the stars. Alicia Silverstone’s irresistible charm as Cher Horowitz and clever, quotable humour from writer-director Amy Heckerling made ‘Clueless’ a gem for the ages.
General admission tickets include guaranteed beanbag seating, complimentary drink on arrival and movie screening. For the ultimate date night, get your hands-on VIP couple tickets, with seats for two in brand new mini-cars.
This will be followed on 22 April with a special all-pink screening of the most memorable movie of the Noughties – ‘Mean Girls’ – at the new event On Wednesdays We Wear Pink, at QT Gold Coast’s brand-new poolside precinct; The Spring.
Moviegoers will receive a totally fetch pink cocktail on arrival, allowing you to transport your mind and senses back to the cafeteria of North Shore High School. Sit back and relive all the savage one-liners and sass of Regina, Karen, Gretchen and Cady in this iconic feel-good comedy flick, written by Tina Fey and starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried.
Food and drink will be available for purchase from 6pm with the movie screening on high definition outdoor screen at 7.30pm. Varied seating will be available on chairs, lounges and bean bags on a first in basis. Wear pink, obviously, or you may just feel the wrath of the assembled army of Mean Girls.
The ever-popular Floating Cinema will be making its return with a screening of ‘The Hangover’ which will be held on 24 April on the Sea World Cruises Luxe Spirit of Elston riverboat. Film lovers will spend the early part of the evening cruising the Broadwater, soaking up views of the Gold Coast skyline before settling in to watch the hugely successful 2009 film that catapulted the rising star of Zach Galifianakis and spawned two sequels, making it one of the leading comedy franchises of its time.
To supplement the entertainment, moviegoers will also enjoy Vegas-themed cocktails, nachos and popcorn. The ship will depart from Sea World Cruises terminal at 6.30 pm, so arrive early and purchase a drink from the Sea World Cruises Sundeck Bar which is open from 5.30 pm.
Festival-goers will also be treated to a plethora of options throughout the event, with a screening of new surf film ‘Self-Discovery for Social Survival’, featuring some of the world’s most jaw-dropping surfing locations, to be held at Burleigh Brewing Co on April 23 for Burleigh Cinema: Surf Film Night.
The free annual Shorts in Paradise Festival (SIPFest) will be back and bigger than ever on 18 April, with the short film competition to showcase 14 of the best short films by Australian and international filmmakers at a vibrant and unique outdoor cinema on Surfers Paradise Beach.
Hugely popular events such as the Women in Film Lunch at QT Gold Coast, Movie and Music Trivia and Gold Coast Movie Locations Tours will also prove a hit with guests, along with the chance to learn from Australia’s leading producers, writers and directors in intimate seminars and workshops.
Be it a personal favourite returning event or an exciting new addition to proceedings, this year’s Gold Coast Film Festival offers an unrivalled programme of fun, laughs and entertainment.
Tickets are now on sale for selected events including Clueless on the Rooftop, Floating Cinema: The Hangover, On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink, SIPFest, the Women in Film Lunch, Movie and Music Trivia Night and Gold Coast Movie Locations Tours.
Running from 15 to 26 April, the 12-day Gold Coast Film Festival will feature more than 100 films, panels, parties and special events across a dozen locations from Coomera to Coolangatta. The full Gold Coast Film Festival program will be announced mid-March.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit gcfilmfestival.com.
Visitors travelling to the Gold Coast for the 2020 Gold Coast Film Festival can stay in style at partner hotel QT Gold Coast. Located just a five-minute drive from the GCFF action, QT Gold Coast is the perfect destination for an inspired stay. To book online, please visit qthotels.com/gold-coast/ and enter the promo code GCFF20 for your special rate.