Here’s your complete list of Australian films screening at this year’s Gold Coast Film Festival

This year’s Gold Coast Film Festival boasts an impressive lineup of new Australian films.

Opening this year’s festival is Mairi Cameron’s The Second, written by My Mistress scribe Stephen Elliot. It’s a tight psychological thriller starring Australian acting veterans Racheal Blake, Susie Porter, Vince Colosimo and Martin Sacks.

Hot off the heels of its successful screening at SXSW is Brothers’ Nest which reunites brothers Clayton and Shane Jacobson – their first onscreen collaboration since 2006’s Kenny.

Ahead of its national release in May is Simon Baker’s highly anticipated WA-shot Breath, based on Tim Winton’s best selling book of the same name. Director Baker will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.

Other Australian films on the lineup include The Pretend One, Strange Colours, Jill Bilcock: Dancing The Invisible, Zelos, Pulse and Cargo. You can find out more about each film below.

The Second Australian Premiere

Cinema Australia Notes:
This cast of Australian acting legends have never been better! Stay tuned for our interview with director Mairi Cameron and writer Stephen Lance.

Rachael Blake stars as a writer struggling to complete her second novel after the whirlwind success of her debut. Her publisher (Vince Colosimo), whisks her off to an isolated house in the countryside in the hopes of helping her focus on her writing. When an old childhood friend, played by Susie Porter, shows up unexpectedly to visit, relationships quickly become strained but this dramatic disruption just may be the perfect muse for a blocked up writer.

Join director Mairi Cameron, writer Stephen Lance, producer Leanne Tonkes and cast including Rachael Blake and Vince Colosimo on the red carpet and for a Q&A after the film on Opening Night.

Standard tickets are available here. VIP tickets have sold out.

Brothers’ Nest Australian Premiere

Brothers’ Nest is a dark comedy about two brothers trying to kill their stepfather.With their Mother dying of cancer, intent on changing her will to benefit her “new” husband before she dies, two brothers go to extreme and deadly lengths to protect their inheritance from being signed away before it’s too late.Stunning supporting work from screen icons Lynette Curran, Kim Gyngell and Sarah Snook, turn Brothers’ Nest into a pitch black comedy not for the faint-hearted. Be warned, this ain’t Kenny, and you have never seen Shane Jacobson give a performance like he does here. Do not miss Brothers’ Nest.

Join director/star Clayton Jacobson plus cast including Shane Jacobson for a Q&A after the film.

Tickets available here.


Cinema Australia Notes:
Following its screening at the Gold Coast Film Festival Breath will embark on a national Q&A tour. Details here.

As two young boys are introduced to the excitement of surfing after meeting an older pro-surfer and his wife, the early thrills quickly escalate into obsessions, both on sea and land. Narrated by Winton himself, this lovingly realised portrait of Australiana and growing up is an extraordinary debut from Baker.

Join director/producer/star Simon Baker and cast including Samson Coulter and Ben Spence on the Pacific Fair red carpet

SECOND RELEASE OF TICKETS: The main cinema for this session has now sold-out, but tickets are on sale for the second cinema here.
Tickets still include access to see the red carpet, but Simon Baker will be doing a live introduction to the film in the second cinema instead of a post-film Q&A.

Jill Bilcock: Dancing The Invisible

Cinema Australia Notes:
A must-see for lovers of Australian cinema. Stay tuned for our interview with Jill Bilcock.

Editing is probably the most fundamentally important part of a film’s construction yet it remains strangely elusive. Dancing The Invisible shines a light on Australia’s most legendary film editor Jill Bilcock, revealing how this extraordinary artist shaped some of this country’s most iconic films from
Strictly Ballroom to The Dressmaker.
Interviewing a variety of Australian cinema luminaries from Baz Luhrmann to Cate Blanchett, the film explores Bilcock’s career through a series of eye-opening and entertaining stories highlighting the impact of editing in crafting our most memorable movies.

Join Jill Bilcock, director Axel Grigor and executive producer Sue Maslin for a Q&A after the film on Friday 20 April. 

The Pretend One 
World Premiere

Cinema Australia Notes:
Last year we awarded The Pretend One a five star review. We watched it again recently and still think it’s deserving of those stars. You can read our review here.

Roger (Aussie screen legend David Field) and his daughter Charlie (Geraldine Hakewill) live on their small cotton farm in Western Queensland. Despite being well into her twenties, Charlie still maintains a relationship with her childhood imaginary friend, Hugo (Michael Whalley). All is well until Charlie starts to fall for a new guy in town and Hugo’s very existence is threatened.
Join co-writer/director Tony Prescott and cast/crew on the red carpet and for a Q&A after the film.

Tickets available here.


Bernard is distraught when he finds out his partner Sarah has had an affair. But life becomes even more chaotic when Sarah suggests Bernard sleep with another woman – to even things up, and save their relationship.
Zelos is a thoughtful, refreshingly real take on modern relationships, notably helmed by an almost entirely female crew, led by writer/producer, Claire Harris and producer/director, Jo-Anne Brechin. Charming central performances and a crisp visual style make Zelos an impressive low-budget achievement that will leave audiences asking themselves, “What would I do in this situation?”

Join writer/producer Claire Harris and producer Steve Jaggi for a Q&A after the film on Sunday 22 April.

Tickets available here.

Strange Colours Australian Premiere

Milena travels to a remote opal mining community to see her estranged, ill father. Lost and alone, she falls into his bewildering world, where men escape society and share ideals of freedom.
Melbourne-based filmmaker Alena Lodkina delivers an astonishingly sophisticated debut with Strange Colours, premiering to acclaim at the prestigious Venice Film Festival. The film plays like an inverted response to Wake In Fright, turning that film’s menancing vision of outback Australia into a beautiful, humanist reflection on mateship in isolated communities.

Join writer/director Alena Lodkina for a Q&A after the film.

Tickets available here.

Pulse Queensland Premiere

Olly is a young, gay, disabled teenager, struggling with his sexuality and disability. When a doctor suggests Olly undergo a new experimental medical procedure placing his mind into the body of a young beautiful woman he jumps at the opportunity.
Pulse is a remarkable debut from writer/actor Daniel Monks and director Stevie Cruz-Martin exploring a number of provocative questions about self-identity, gender and sexuality in a compellingly original way. Laying a fascinating queer twist on the classic “body-swap” film, Pulse is uncompromising and energetic Aussie independent cinema at its best.

Join director Stevie Cruz-Martin for a Q&A after the film.

Tickets available here.


Just when you thought the zombie well was truly run dry, in comes Cargo to remind you why this genre worked so well in the first place. First-time filmmakers Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke take an ingenious idea and add to it a fascinating Australian landscape, creating a thriller that plays like a cross between Walkabout and The Road.
Martin Freeman plays Andy, a husband and father trying to protect his loved ones, in a world where a mysterious viral outbreak is turning those infected into flesh-craving monsters. After Andy’s wife turns and bites him, Andy is left with 48 hours to frantically find someone to take care of his daughter before he too turns into a brain-eating zombie.

Tickets available here

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