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GCFF2017 Julie’s Picks

Gold Coast Film Festival 2017 host venue is the Gold Coast Arts Centre – with some screenings at Robina Event Cinema, BBC Coolangatta, a Boat, Surfers Paradise Beach, Kirra Hill….

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“Join us at this year’s GCFF Women in Film Luncheon”

Here is where you will find me this year:

19 April WED

6pm Red Carpet Opening Night ‘Pork Pie‘ NZ Comedy followed by Q&A with producers & director. FUN, FUN, FUN…


20 April THURS

1pm ‘Neruda‘ CHILE exquisite Spanish language film about the poet.

6.30pm at Robina Events Cinema ‘Unconfined Love: Love >Fear‘ Doco about GC charity, followed by Q&A


21 April FRI

12-3pm Women in Film Luncheon  with Sue Maslin ‘The Dressmaker’ producer – Yummy & informative Event!

6pm ‘SFV1: The Osiris Child’ AUS Premier Sci-Fi Red Carpet & Q&A with the stars and producers


 22 April SAT

11am REELLife:  Producing: Money vs Time $10

12.30REELLife: Landing the Role: Beyond the audition with Claudia Carven, Deborah Mailman and more $10

8.30pm ‘My entire school sinking into the Sea‘ cool, weird animation 15+


23 April SUN

11.30am ‘My Life as a Courgette’ SWISS Academy Award nominated Animation – so cute

6.30pm SIPFest GCFF Short Film Competition on Surfers Paradise Beach FREE


24 April MON

9am Movie Locations Tour $55-50 (conc) Join me on the bus !

4pm EMERGE! Short Films from Queensland’s most recent graduating film students.

7pm SIPFest Best of London Short Film Festival on Surfers Paradise Beach FREE 15+


25 April TUES

1.30pm’ The Zookeeper’s Wife‘ USA Incredible true story of a Warsaw zookeeper couple during WW11

6.00pm ‘Beyond the Known World’ NZ/INDIA Australian Premiere – Spectacular vistas and compelling drama starring David Wenham & Emmanuelle Beart


26 April WED

7.15pm ‘Cage Dive’ AUS Horror starring great white shark. Australian Premiere  Q&A with writer/director Gerald Rascionato

6.30pm Movie Trivia Night at QT Hotel $13 pp


27 April THU

7.15pm ‘Digital Athletes: The Road To Seat League’ AUS Comedy/Mockumentary World Premiere Produced entirely on the Gold Coast with local cast and crew – makes for a fun red carpet!


28 April FRI

SO MUCH…. Sound design, Cinematography & VFX seminars with the experts, Comedy, Drama, Docos….


29 April SAT 

1.30pm Freelancing in the Screen Industry seminar

2.45pm Being a Writer/Director seminar

6pm John will introduce the director Simon Wincer, at a 30th anniversary screening of the classic Australian ANZAC film, ‘The Lighthorsemen’ followed by Q&A. On the Green at Club Helensvale, 20-28 Discovery Drive, Helensvale FREE


30 April SUN


2pm ‘Ella’ Robina Events Cinema Doco The first indigenous dancer ever to join the Australian Ballet. Follows Ella’s journey from rural Australia to one of the most prestigious dance companies in the world. Followed by Q&A with producer Veronica Fury and director Douglas Watkin

7pm Closing Night Film ‘Event Zero’ AUS World Premier Action/Thriller Drama


As well as fantastic films there are Workshops, Script Reading, Trivia Night, chances to meet producers, directors & actors…


2017  Chauvel Award recipient is – DEBORAH MAILMAN! The event is SOLD OUT but check back in soon in case more tickets are released.


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I look forward to seeing you there!



Julie’s Picks GCFF 2016

The 2016 Gold Coast Film Festival is on 31 March-10 April.
Check out the full program and get tickets on line at

Here’s what I’m attending so come join me!

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31 March THURS

6pm Red Carpet Opening Night ‘Eddie the Eagle’ & After Party

1 April FRI

12-3pm Women in Film Luncheon  – join me at the JCCW table

 2 April SAT

10am ‘Labyrinth of Lies’ German Drama based on true story

3 April SUN

6.30pm SipFest  Short Films screening on Surfers Paradise Beach FREE

5 April TUES

2.45pm ‘Hip Operation’ NZ Documentary senior citizens to Las Vegas for The World Hip Hop Championships – GC Demonstration

6.30pm ‘Victoria’ Germany Drama/Thriller 22 locations, 2 hours, one take

6 April WED

5pm ‘Babe’ introduced by Academy Award winner John Cox FREE

8 April FRI

6pm ‘Girl Asleep’ Australian Comedy/Fantasy followed by Q&A with director & screen writer/actor

9 April SAT 

10am ‘Mustang’ Turkey Drama/Coming of age

3pm ‘Drama’ Australian set in Paris with 50% of film crew women

6.30pm Chauvel Award – CLAUDIA KARVAN

10 April SUN

6.30pm Closing Night Film ‘A Month of Sundays’ Australian Drama

A fantastic range of Filmmaker Seminars in the ReelLife Series throughout the Film Festival including: Film PR, Editing, Learn to be a film critic in Talking about Film, Adaptation, & Gender Matters: Women in Film.

As well as fantastic films there are Workshops, Trivia Night, chances to meet producers, directors & actors & the How to Make a Monster exhibition!

For the full program log on to

I look forward to seeing you there!


Julie’s Picks GCFF 2015

The 2015 Gold Coast Film Festival is on 9-19 April.
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Here’s what I’m attending so come join me!

28 March SAT 6.30p

On Location: GCFF Art Competition and Exhibition Opening Event

RQAS Gallery, Broadbeach  (Entries close 20 March)

1 April WED 9am-5pm Yr 11 & 12 Future Filmmakers seminar

9 April THU 7pm  (Red Carpet 6pm)

Opening Night Film Clouds of Sils Maria– and After Party

10 April FRI

12-3pm Women in Film Luncheon – join me at the JCCW table

 11 April SAT

1.30pm ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’ Persian Fantasy/Horror

15 April WED

7pm ‘5 – 7’ USA in English & French. Join me for a complimentary pre-screening champagne 6-7pm at BCC Coolangatta, showing same night 6.30pm at Art Centre GC




There are loads more fantastic films including: Sci-Fi, Animation, Foreign Language,…. as well as Workshops, Trivia Night, and chances to meet producers, directors & actors.


For the full program log on to

I look forward to seeing you there!



Canopy – a must see

Today is the official cinema launch of Australian war film Canopy. The compelling story of an Australian fighter pilot shot down in combat who awakens suspended in the treetops of the Singapore jungle.

I had the absolute immersive pleasure of seeing the Australian Premier of Canopy at the Gold Coast Film Festival followed by a Q&A with first time feature film director Aaron Wilson. Also there where Alan Crabb, co-founder of Pozzible, the crowd funding group who helped them raise the funds to employ the sound technicians that ensure this incredible experience in cinema, and the Visual Effects team. It was a fantastic opportunity to explore the film making process of this ground breaking film.

Brisbane audiences can catch Canopy at Palace Centro this weekend. For other venues log on to and check it out at Don’t miss it!

Julie’s Picks GCFF 2014

It’s that time of year again!

The Gold Coast Film Festival is on 3-13 April with an amazing selection of Films, free seminars, art and film making competitions and so much more. Check out the full program and get tickets on line at

Here’s what I’m attending so come join me:

1 April WED 6.30p

Re-imagining the Movies Art Competition Opening Event

RQAS Gallery, Broadbeach – Dress Hollywood Glam

3 April THU 7pm  (Red Carpet 6pm)

Opening Night Film ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ – looks fabulous darings

4 April FRI  9am-5pm Yr 11 & 12 Film making seminar

7pm The Cure – Qld Showcase by local fimmaker David Gould

 5 April SAT

10am Meet the Producer – Ian Collie ‘Saving Mr Banks‘

11.15a Meet the Director –   Brad Peyton ‘San Andreas’

10.30a ‘Sunshine on Leith’ Australian Premier UK comedy

3pm ‘Laputa’ 2 screens – 1 Japanese, 1 English

7pm ‘Convenience’ UK comedy Q&A with actor/prod Ray Panthaki

6 April SUN 9am  Star Wars 501 Legion lead the Cosplay March from Kurrawa Park to Supanova at the GC Convention Centre – John, Ethan & I will be in costume

2.30pm ‘Any Day Now′ UK a gay couple who try to adopt a mentally handicapped teenager

4pm ‘Die Wand’ The Wall Austria/Germany

6.30pm ‘I Know That Voice’ (Australian premiere) John DiMaggio Q&A

7 April MON 7pm  ‘Big Bad Wolf’ Israel (Hebrew with subtitles)

8 April TUE  7pm  ‘Rock the Casbah’ Moroccan/French Omar Sharif

9 April WED 7pm ‘Fading Gigolo’ USA John Turturro writes,acts & directs

11 April FRI  7pm ‘The Polygon’ AUS/USA/KAZ Q&A with director Kimberley Joseph

9pm ‘Knights of Badassdom’ USA Pop culture comedy

12 April SAT 11.15a Crowdfunding Seminar with Pozible’s Alan Crabbe & dir Aaron Wilson

12.30p ‘Canopy’ (Australian premiere) first feature film by Aussie director, Aaron Wilson

5pm The Volcano (Eyjafjallajökull) French comedy dir by Alexandre Coffre

13 April SUN 10am Seminars: Transmedia & Creative casting

3.15p ‘All this Mayhem’ AUS An unflinching documentary account of drugs and the dark side of professional skateboarding OR

3.30p ‘Die Windpomp’ Sth Africa (World Premier) comedy

6pm Closing Night ‘Babadook’ Exclusive screening

There are loads more of fantastic films including: ‘Grease’ Sing-A-Long, horror, Sci-Fi, Anime … For the full program log on to

I look forward to seeing you there!


GCFF Supanova & Celebrities

WoW, Gold Coast Film Festival – so much fun!

John & I held a Q&A with Noah Hathaway at the free screening of ‘The Neverending Story’ as part of the kids program of Gold Coast Film Festival 2013. He was so nice & gracious with his time, had his photo taken with everyone there, and gave us a real behind the scenes insight into the movie making process and of being a child to adult actor.

We joined in the Supanova Cosplay Parade, with the Star Wars 501st Legion, The Hoff & heaps of cool costumers. Too cool……… Love a dress up – well don’t miss the comedy film Lloyd the Conqueror tonight at 7pm with LARP (Live Action Role Playing) costumers to greet you from 6pm.

The Sushi Girl cast and crew were so lovely and the film is getting rave reviews so don’t miss the final screening Saturday 27 April at 1.15pm.

Hope to see you at Turkish film Beyond the Hill on Wednesday night.

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Meet the Stars @ GCFF 13

Opening night of Gold Coast Film Festival 2013 was fantastic with many stars from this year’s films hitting the red carpet. Today’s seminars include Jason Trost & Lucas Till of All Superheroes Must Die showing How to Make a Movie with $20,000. They’ll be at the Qld premier of their film at 7pm tonight – Don’t miss it!

It’s followed by the writer, director, cast & crew of Sushi Girl introducing the Australian Premier of their film with a Q&A – be there! John & I will introduce Noah Hathaway for a Q&A before the free screening of The Neverending Story at Robina Community Centre Saturday at 5.30pm – join us for your chance to talk with this now adult child star! For the full program of seminars and films go to

GCFF Board  Jason Trost, Julie Anderson & Lucas Till

River Song, JC & the Dr

GCFF Board w ‘Might Kevin’ Jay Klaitz; Jason Trost, Julie Anderson & Lucas Till; Alex Kingston, John Cox & Sylvester McCoy – Dr Who

Art & Anime @ GCFF

Graffiti artist, Cameron Smith, will be completing his GCFF artwork on the Sofitel building in Broadbeach today. Race down to see him in action.  Inside you’ll find artwork by Chris Wahl as well as superhero sculptures from Studio Oxmox and works by Chris Grapulin.

Magnificent original drawings from the Japanese anime series Evangelion are at the Arts Centre GC, Bundall, until May 5. Entry is $5. 4pm this Friday you can hear Evangelion voice star, Yuko Miyamura, talk about her experience on the series. Places are filling fast so email to reserve your seats.

The world premier of Garden of Words 4pm Sunday 28 April looks like being a sellout so get your tickets now! For more GCFF anime info log on to

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Julie’s Picks GCFF 2013

More stars, more special guests, bigger masterclass, more after parties, Cool Japan and pop culture & film art exhibitions than ever will be highlights of this year’s Gold Coast Film Festival.

GCFF 13 is being staged at Birch Carroll & Coyle at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach and the full program of films and events can be downloaded at My theme this year will be all the zombie comedies, Turkish and Norwegian films and meeting all the special guests & you can meet them too! Don’t miss all the Free Workshops (FW) . I’ve listed some below but there are more!

18 April THU 7pm (Red Carpet 6pm) Opening Night Film ‘Future Folk’ looks like a hoot with lead    actor/singerJay Klaitz performing at the event and across the opening weekend. Bluegrass singing alien heroes – I’ve got to see that!
19 April FRI 1pm Micro Budget Filmmaking – Filmmakers Jason Trost and Lucas Till (All Superheroes Must Die) talk about how they make films on a $20,000 shoe string. USA FW
                   2.00pm Robotech: remakes & rebirths with Robotech creative Steve Yun FW
                   3.00pm Allure Professional Hair and Make Up demonstration Cosplay & Zombies FW
                   3.00pm Cosplay Seminar – with legends Twinfools and Nova  FW
                   7.00pm ‘All Superheroes Must Die’ USA
                   9.00pm ‘Sushi Girl’ – with the cast USA
                   9.30pm ‘A Little bit Zombie’ CAN
20 April SAT  8.30pm ‘Wolf Children′ Japanime
21 April SUN 9.00am Star Wars 501 Legion lead the Cosplay March from Kurrawa Park to Supanova at the GC Convention Centre – John, Ethan & I will be in ‘Future Folk’ Red Buckets
                   11.00am Slice & Dice: with the cast & crew of ‘Sushi Girl’  FW
                   1.00pm ‘Game of Werewolves’
22 April Tues  8.30pm ‘Lloyd the Conqueror′ UK
23 April Wed  7.15 for 7.30pm ‘Beyond the Hill′ Turkey being introduced by the Turkish Consulate
27 April Sat 9.00pm ‘Cockneys Vs Zombies′ UK
28 April SUN  2.30pm ‘My other Me′ Cosplay Doco
                   4.00pm ‘The Garden of Words’ Japanime Get tickets early MAY SELL OUT!
                   6.00pm ‘Thale’ NOR
                   7.30pm ‘Evil Dead’ Get tickets early MAY SELL OUT!


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GCFF April 18-28 2013  

Phelps Brothers @ GCFF 2012

Harry Potter fans had fun with the Weasley Twins, Oliver and James Phelps, introducing the fan screening ‘Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows 2’ at Gold Coast Film Festival 2012. Dressing up as their favourite HP characters was all part of the fun.

Opening Night was fantastic fun with Chris Kirby, star of ‘Iron Sky’, there to launch the Australian Premiere. These GCFF Board members thought he was lovely….

More fun to come so catch you there!