LOOK WHO’S HERE: Peter Herrington, Claudia Granshaw and Wendy Boraso accompany the Tin Man up Mary Street to the Heart of Gold Film festival.
LOOK WHO’S HERE: Peter Herrington, Claudia Granshaw and Wendy Boraso accompany the Tin Man up Mary Street to the Heart of Gold Film festival. Craig Warhurst

Love is back in town

GYMPIE’S ‘new look’ Civic Centre raised its curtains to festival-goers today, as audiences rolled in early for a 9am start to the 2010 Heart of Gold International Film Festival.

A smiling crowd were quick to report back to artistic director Malcolm Blaylock that the first Shorts Program delivered a fantastic selection of positive and uplifting films from around the world – perfect for Heart of Gold.

“I’m really pleased with the audience numbers and their initial reactions – the Civic Centre looks fantastic and I’m receiving positive feedback about our effort to decorate, dress and light the venue to create a festival ambiance, paying special attention to the sound and audiovisual quality of the films,” Andrew said. “There’s a great buzz in the cafe, bar and all around the festival which is exactly what we set out to achieve.”

Among the first films to be screened was Adult Beginner Ballet, enjoying its world premiere at Heart of Gold. This short documentary about a teacher, determined to instruct adults in the beautiful and challenging art of ballet, was made by a filmmaker from USA, ichelle Ortega.

Michelle and the film’s producer/editor Jason La Batt, travelled from San Francisco to Gympie especially for the film’s premiere. This is the first time to Australia for these international film makers who are enjoying being hosted by a generous local family, and are looking forward to exploring the region at the conclusion of the festival.

Rob George commenced the first of two Take One – introductory screenwriting workshops, while The Filmmakers Presents sessions kicked off with Seb Danta’s touching animation Father, James Lingwood’s ‘Father Joe and the Bangkok Slaughter House’ and visiting Japanese filmmaker Sashiko Kotaka’s Memoirs of a Crane.

The Filmmakers Presents sessions give film-goers a unique chance to talk with directors, ask questions and gain a firsthand insight from the filmmaker.

Heart of Gold officially opened in a Gala ceremony last night held at the glamorously lit festival venue, and was attended by visiting filmmakers, the jury, special guests, sponsors, volunteers and film goers. As part of the welcome celebrations, a selection of films was screened for all in attendance.

“The films selected for the Opening Night were carefully chosen to give everyone a taste of the festival – to inspire people to come along to Heart of Gold over next few days,” Malcolm said.

Heart of Gold International Film Festival will run until Sunday.

Gympie Times


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