Silver screen to shine with gold
ALL EYES are on Gympie as the Heart of Gold International Film Festival screens a world-class line up of comedies, dramas, animations and documentaries including 76 Australian and 14 world and international premieres.
When the festival begins today, audiences will be treated to a program that showcases work from more than 22 countries.
With a total of 171 films (166 shorts and five features), special events, a family program, industry workshops, free forums and visiting guests from as far afield as Russia, Japan and the US, Heart of Gold – the country’s first film festival to exclusively screen entertaining and uplifting films – is set to capture the imagination of the global film community.
Many Australian shorts will be premiered alongside those which have received critical acclaim at festivals around the world.
Local gem Alone, Together takes us behind the scenes at grand final day for the Roosters, while Frank Woodley’s Chicken of God – about a lucky chicken with the face of Jesus – is sure to warm audience hearts.
Since Heart of Gold launched its 2010 program in February, two Australian films selected for the festival – Glenn Owen Dodds (G.O.D) and Franswa Sharl, have both been awarded major international prizes. G.O.D, starring David Wenham, will make its Australian premiere at the festival.
To ensure Heart of Gold’s ongoing success, artistic director Malcolm Blaylock travelled to film festivals around the world seeking films that were entertaining and fitted the festival’s unique brief.
“The festival will showcase artists of imagination, creativity and exceptional technical expertise who possess a storytelling ability which will make you laugh and cry, often at the same time.”
The festival will be held at the Gympie Civic Centre, in Mellor Street, Gympie, until March 14.