2019 Festival Highlights

The 2019 Vision Splendid Film Festival will be jam packed full of films, workshops, tours and live entertainment.

2040 (PG)

Practical solutions to environmental concerns are addressed with the hope that the filmmaker’s daughter, 21 years old in the year 2040, will face a hopeful future.

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Award Winning Shorts

Hand picked from local and international festivals, our short film corner boasts the brightest Australian talent to keep an eye out for! With Australia producing some of the world’s finest short form cinema, our Award Winning Shorts showcase is an exhibition you can’t afford to miss.

BACK OF THE NET (G)

An American school student who is sent to Australia to attend a science academy for the summer but due to a mix up she instead ends up joining the local soccer academy instead. She befriends many of the other kids attending whilst also clashing with a highly talented nasty girl while attempting to beat her…

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BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORTS

A collection of the best Australian comedy shorts from around the nation from the past two years. These films have either won awards at film festivals or bloody deserved to win as they were either hilariously funny or audiences chortled so loudly that others thought the films were funny.

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BOOK WEEK (M)

A shaggy dark comedy about a jaded high school English teacher who is forced to re-evaluate his life when his novel is passed over for one of his students. For generations, dressing up for Book Week has been an Aussie school tradition. But for this disgraced former novelist seeking redemption it spirals into seven days…

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BRISBANE AIRPORT CORPORATION BREAKFAST WITH THE STARS

Join us for breakfast as we discuss this year’s films with special industry guests – check online for latest announcements of who’s coming to breakfast?

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Celebrating 100 years of royal theatre

Join us as we celebrate over 100 years of the Royal Open Air Theatre! Grab a cold beer, a warm blanket and get cosy under the stars. Enjoy the most unique movie-going experience you’ll have this year at the historic open air theatre.

CELESTE (M)

Celeste was once Australia’s most beloved opera singer. Yet she threw it all away to follow the man she loved to a crumbling property deep in the rainforests of Tropical North Queensland. An operatic bohemian love story set in the lush tropical greenery with Radha Mitchell and Thomas Cocquerel simmering in the heat.

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CHASING COMETS (PG)

Wagga is a country town that loves its sport, but is divided over its loyalty for the rival codes. Party boy Chase’s dream to play in the NRL is falling by the wayside, just like his relationship with Brooke. At his lowest point, Chase takes a leap of faith to sort out his life, but…

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Cult Classics

While Winton loves celebrating Australia’s emerging young filmmaking talent, we can’t deny, there’s nothing like a good old fashioned throwback! Take a trip down memory lane with Australia’s favorite cult classics we all know and love.

EMU RUNNER (G)

A lyrical story about a young Indigenous girl, Gem and the impact her mother’s unexpected death has on her family living in an isolated community. As Gem tries to deal with her grief she forges a bond with a wild emu, unwittingly connecting with her mother’s traditional totem animal. An incredibly poetic and beautiful independent…

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ESCAPE AND EVASION (M)

After his men are killed in Burma. A lone soldier returns home in search of solace. Hiding a dark secret and confronted by an unrelenting journalist, he’s forced to face the ghosts of his past one last time.

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EUREKA STOCKADE (G)

In 1854, Australian gold rush miners struggle for their rights against an oppressive government. A spectacular account of the infamous Eureka Stockade and the events leading up to it. Chips Rafferty is fantastic in the lead role as reluctant hero Lalor. Celebrating the film’s 70th anniversary it remains as entertaining as it is educational, and…

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FINKE THERE AND BACK AGAIN (PG)

Blood, sweat, and dollars spill across the centre of Australia at the iconic Finke Desert Race – Australia’s toughest off-road event, pitting mad drivers against the harsh outback in a dust-fuelled cavalcade of cars, bikes, buggies and quads.

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GREAT GATSBY (PG)

A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbour,Jay Gatsby. Starring our very own Jason Clarke in one of the greatest films about social change by Baz Luhrmann with his playfully historic rendition of the deceit and glamour of New York’s high society.

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GRINGO (M)

A dark comedy mixed with white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, explores the battle of survival for a businessman who finds himself crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal.

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KIDS CLUB

The Vision Splendid is a family-friendly festival so why not bring the kids along to our daily kid’s club?! Weather its playing movie-themed games or engaging in arts and crafts, the kid’s club is the perfect place for the little ones to play and learn all about the films of the outback.

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Kids Films

The Vision Splendid has something for all our guests, no matter how big or small! With all their favorite characters on the big screen, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained this year!

LADIES IN BLACK (PG)

An alluring and tender-hearted comedy drama about the lives of a group of department store employees in 1959 Sydney at the cusp of massive social changes. From the eye-popping colours of the period’s fabulous floral dresses to the snapped suspenders and silk petticoats beneath, this is a film above all for lovers of fine details,…

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LAWLESS (R)

A Trio of bootlegging brother are threatened by a new deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits. An explosive battle ensues. Starring our very own Jason Clarke and Guy Pearce from the writer and director team that made The Proposition.

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Live Entertainment

With week-long live entertainment you’ll never be bored between screenings! The North Gregory Hotel’s shady beer garden hosts some of rural Australia’s best musicians, poets and comedians working today.

LOCUSTS (M)

Two estranged brothers who are reluctantly reunited in their remote hometown at their father’s funeral, become the target of an extortion scam at the hands of a gang of violent local thugs. A tough and exciting outback noir thriller with some of the best Australian actors.

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Masterclass

Learn from the best with our informative and educational masterclasses! Get up close and personal with working producers, screen writers and directors of the Australian film industry, as they spill their secrets to success in our exclusive film masterclasses.

MAYA THE BEE: THE HONEY GAMES (G)

When an over-enthusiastic Maya accidentally embarrasses the Empress of Buzztropolis, she is forced to unite with a team of misfit bugs and compete in the Honey Games for a chance to save her hive.

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New Australian Premieres

Each year, the Vision Splendid celebrates the best in new Australian cinema. With exciting, new talent emerging every year, who knows when we could be screening the next generation’s ‘The Castle’ or ‘Mad Max’?!

OCCUPATION (M)

A small country town is suddenly plunged into darkness. The aliens have arrived to seize control of our planet. As alien storm troopers cut a deadly swathe through the countryside, a ragtag group of townspeople realise they must put their old grievances behind them and band together for a chance to strike back at the…

ON THE BEACH (PG)

It’s 1964, and most of the world has been destroyed in an atomic war. A US submarine takes refuge in one of the few surviving countries left standing: Australia. But as the grieving submarine commander (Gregory Peck) finds love with a local woman (Ava Gardner), it becomes clear that the creeping nuclear fallout will only…

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OUTLAWS (MA15)

Set within the primal underworld of outlaw motorcycle gangs, the film follows the heir to the throne of a motorcycle club who has to betray his president to save his brother’s life. This discord leads to a Shakespearean tragedy in the high octane world of bikie gangs.

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PRAISE (M)

This local grunge classic is marking its twentieth anniversary. Gordon works in a bottle shop, but quits when they ask him to work fours days in a row. He begins a relationship with Cynthia. They both like drinking and smoking, even though he’s an asthmatic and she has chronic eczema. She also likes sex, at…

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QANTAS SHORT FILM COMPETITION

The Vision Splendid Short Film Competition is the biggest night of the Festival and is geared to independent filmmakers from Australia and around the world. Filmmakers are asked to make a short film on the theme “Great Big Adventures”. Half the films are made by emerging filmmakers during the Festival with the active participation of…

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RUMPELSTILTSKIN (G)

A magical spin on a classic tale. A musical for the whole family. This is the story of the ultimate price of greed, two people, once best friends, torn apart by desire for the things they cannot have. The exquisitely mercurial Paul Capsis stars as a shape-shifting goblin whose thirst for vengeance may well bring…

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SECRET SCREENING

Don’t miss out on this Secret Event!

Silent Films

Take a step back through time in our historic 100-year-old theatre and experience movies the way they did in the old days! Come along as we pay ode to the founders of cinema and celebrate how far films have come to this day.

SPIRITS OF THE AIR, GREMLINS OF THE CLOUDS (M)

A brother and sister endure alone together in a post-apocalyptic Outback until the sudden arrival of a stranger. 30 year anniversary screening of this cult classic.

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STORM BOY (1976) (G)

Storm Boy lives a carefree life in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father. In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal loner and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans. A magical story of growing up.

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STORM BOY (2019) (PG)

When Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman starts to see images from his past that he can’t explain, he is forced to remember his childhood and how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival.

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THE AGE OF CONSENT (M)

A successful Australian artist living in New York, decides to return to home to seek new inspiration for his work. On a small island off the coast of Queensland he meets Cora, a young woman who becomes his muse and rekindles his love of art. 50 year anniversary screening.

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The Best Comedies

The Vision Splendid has always welcomed Australia’s funniest comedies with open arms. With a full house, the electric energy and laughter from the open air theatre can be heard all over town!

THE DAPTO CHASER (PG)

For the Sinclair family, the cut-throat world of greyhound racing is a religion. With a crucial race, the Winnebago Classic on the horizon, Cess Sinclair, has one shot at reversing his family’s fortunes for good. A wartsn all Aussie comedy theatre show adapted for the big screen. Australian National Theatre live on the big screen.

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THE SCHOOL (M)

When a doctor looking for her missing child awakens to find herself in an abandoned school, she must survive the supernatural terror and face her own demons if she is to find the truth about where her son is. An exhilarating supernatural horror tale.

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THE STORY OF THE KELLY GANG – SILENT NIGHT

The Story of the Kelly Gang is considered to be the world’s first feature length narrative movie and was billed internationally as ‘the longest film ever made’. This silent era film will be performed by the celebrated Volatinsky Quartet that performed last year’s The Sentimental Bloke to such resounding acclaim.

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TOP END WEDDING (M)

Lauren and Ned are engaged, they are in love, and they have just ten days to find Lauren’s mother who is having a mid-life crisis and has gone missing somewhere in the remote Far North. They must reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding against huge and hilarious obstacles set against some remarkable…

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WORKING CLASS BOY (M)

Based on Jimmy Barnes’ memoir of the same name, this documentary tells the story of his childhood survival in the slums of Glasgow, immigration to Australia, and how he became the lead singer of Cold Chisel. An affecting and insightful documentary about the colourful character of Jimmy Barnes that acts as both an intimate insight…

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