The red carpet was out and so were the stars at the opening night of the 2016 Gold Coast Film Festival. On Thursday night stars walked the red carpet at The Arts Centre Gold Coast before kicking off the festival with a screening of ‘Eddie the Eagle’.

This year’s festival sees many Australian and international films being shown over 10 days. Along with the films are great activities and events to celebrate the film industry.

Mayor Tom Tate with daughter Emily

Mayor Tom Tate with daughter Emily

Australian actor, producer, writer, editor and director Gracie Otto spoke about how excited she is to be the guest speaker at this years Women In Film Luncheon.

“It will be great. It’s a really cool event and definitely an event I’d like to be listening to. I feel honoured to be talking because normally I would just be watching and listening,” she said.

Another big name to walk the red carpet was Steve Le Marquand, who is best known for his film ‘Last Train To Freo’. This year, Le Marquand is starring in the film ‘Broke’ which is screening at the festival.

“I’ve only seen it on Vimeo so I’m really looking forward to sitting down in a room full of people watching it and see what they think of it,” he said.

‘Broke’ is about a disgraced rugby player and when asked who his team is Steve said: “I go for the Panthers, the guy I played was part of North Sydney Bears and they got kicked out of the comp about 12 years ago. “

Everyone was buzzing about the opening night film ‘Eddie The Eagle’ starring Australia’s own Hugh Jackman, who recorded a special message with his co-star of the film for the viewers.

TV and radio personality Charli Robinson said the trailer gave her goose bumps and she is very excited to see the film.

“I keep saying it by the wrong name. I call it the Hugh Jackman ski-jump movie. It’s a true story that I remember happening, so for me that is what I’m most excited about,” she said.

The 2016 Gold Coast Film Festival is from March 31 until April 10 with events and films for all ages. For more information on the festival go to: http://www.gcfilmfestival.com

By Holly Licuanan

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