Gold Coast film festival to showcase ‘exceptional year’

26 Mar

By Patrick Thompson, Bond University Journalism Student

Filmmakers and cinema lovers are gearing up for this year’s Gold Coast Film Festival, which promises to host some of Australia’s best films.

Local producer Mark Overett, from New Holland Pictures Two, said viewers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to see some of the films on offer.

“There are some fantastic Aussie films showing. I think Australian audiences are getting the taste back for Australian films,” he said.

The award-winning producer, who worked on the 2012 cult-hit Iron Sky and has an array of credits to his name, said things were looking good for the local movie industry.

“2014 was, in my opinion, the most successful year for Australian film in a decade,” he said.

Mr Overett produced two films screening at this year’s festival – Unfinished Sky and The Fear of Darkness.

Unfinished Sky is a drama that was released in 2007. It’s set in the outback and involves a farmer and his relationship with an Afghani girl who has escaped a brothel,” he said

“It was shot in Australia with mostly Australian cast and crew and has gone on to be very successful.”

Mr Overett’s other entry, The Fear of Darkness, was written and directed by fellow Gold Coast filmmaker Chris Fitchett and will be premiered at the GCFF.

“People should go see The Fear of Darkness because it’s an entertaining psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat, with a really surprising twist,” Mr Overett said.
The Fear of Darkness was partially shot at Bond University and the production employed some students to work on the crew.
A Bond University Film and TV major and intern at the GCFF said there was wide anticipation about the film’s screening.
“Every single film student has been dying to see The Fear of Darkness and I can’t wait to catch it at the premiere,” he said.
The GCFF is running from April 9-19 at an array of venues across the city and will also showcase foreign language and international films. Unfinished Sky is showing at the Gold Coast Art Center on Monday,  April 13, 11am and will be followed by a Q&A with Mark Overett.

The Fear of Darkness will be screened at The Art Centre on Saturday,  April 11, 6.30pm and will be followed by a Q&A session with Chris Fitchett and Mark Overett.

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