The Sanctuary Cove Film Festival

The Queensland Life

Sanctuary Cove Film Festival is set to reel in audiences across The Gold Coast when it makes its show-stopping return on November 25. Boasting an international line-up infused with a Tropfest theme – this free-of-charge festival marks the beginning of a summer filled with family-fun in Sanctuary Cove. Finalists have just been released; so get ready to mark your calendar with our ‘Top Three’ film picks for this season.

1.       The Telegram Man

Having just won over 45 awards including a BAFTA and an Australian Academy Awards nomination, we’re carrying on The Telegram Man’s winning streak by putting it at the top of our ‘must-see’ list. The film has been screened in more than 170 film festivals, and is a story of great historical significance, exploring the impact of World War II on a close-knit Australian farming community. The film’s namesake ‘Telegram Man’ is played by Jack Thompson, left behind by younger men heading off to war, it is his responsibility to deliver news, both good and bad, to anxiously waiting for families. This moving tribute to the loss experienced on Australian shores is not to be missed.

2.       Irony

We are impressed already by this short animation film, its written and directed by Radheya Jegatheva who has only just celebrated his 18th birthday. Exploring the intricacies of the relationship between technology and the modern world, Jegatheva switches the narrative by telling the story through the perspective of a mobile phone. With hand-drawn animations inspired by an award-winning poem, Seven Billion, it's quirky and smart and the trailer alone made us think twice before hitting ‘like’ on our Instagram feed.

3.       Sengatan

Based on a true story, this thriller takes audiences on an unforgettable journey exploring how greed can simultaneously corrupt, and destroy. Frank Magree makes his directorial debut with this film, and it’s a raging success with pick-up from leading film festivals across Australia and the USA. An innocently formed friendship on a Balinese beach finds an Australian expat in over his head as he gains membership to the world of Indonesian drug trafficking. Trust us, what this gripping short film lacks in length, it more than makes up for in suspense and terror.

Our ‘In The Know’ tips don’t stop there – if you’re looking for a red carpet affair, look no further than the festival’s VIP ticket. Available for purchase now, VIP access awards you complimentary drinks and nibbles all night long along with the best seats in the house. You can purchase your ticket here.

Why not make a night of it? Only footsteps away from The Marina Village, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort’s luxe accommodation is the perfect place to rest post-movie marathon. For more information visit the Sanctuary Cove Film Festival website.

October 30, 2017