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2020 Festival Event Guide

The 2020 Vision Splendid Film Festival will be jam packed full of films, workshops, tours and live entertainment.

A Guide to Dating a the End of the World (M)

Sometimes all it takes is an apocalyptic catastrophe to help find your true love. After their first date, Alex declares she would not go out with John even if he were the last man on Earth. The next day she wakes to find he is exactly that… the last freakin’ man left on earth! Yikes!…

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Babyteeth (MA15)

Milla, a seriously ill teenager falls in love with a drug dealer, Moses, her parents worst nightmare.   Please note this event is subject to change.

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Below (MA15)

In a near-future, darknet grifter Dougie is recruited to work security at a refugee detention centre. There, he is drawn into an underground operation blackmailing detainees to fight for profit while live streaming the fights to a passionate audience. When tragedy strikes courageous fighter Azad, Dougie locates his hitherto dormant conscience and takes a stand.…

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Black Water Abyss (MA15)

Adventure-loving couple Eric and Jennifer convince their friends to explore a remote, uncharted cave system in the forests of Northern Australia. With a tropical storm approaching, they abseil into the mouth of the cave, knowing they’ll be safe underground. But when the caves start to flood, tensions rise as oxygen levels fall and the group…

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Blood Vessel (TBC)

Near the end of World War II, the survivors of a torpedoed hospital ship cling to life aboard a crowded lifeboat. With no food or water, all seems lost – until an eerily silent German minesweeper drifts ominously towards them, giving them one last chance at survival. As the motley crew of survivors explore the…

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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. Each morning’s guests will be confirmed closer to the festival dates.   Saturday 19 of September – Producer of feature documentary Slim & I, Chris Brown Sunday 20th of September – Writer, Director & Producer of the film The Flood, Victoria McIntyre Monday 21st of September –  Producer of Documentary Tommy Emmanuel, Endless Road, Jaime…

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Brock: Over the Top

This is a thrilling, stylish, seat of your pants documentary that not only chronicles the extraordinary life of Australia’s greatest racing car driver, Peter Brock, but peels away the surface to reveal the profoundly human story behind the legend as told by his family, friends and rivals. This film is a supremely cinematic, electrifying yet…

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DeadHouse Dark (MA15)

A series of six interconnected horror stories anchored by a woman who receives a ‘mystery box’ from the dark web, and then discovers the sinister secret it holds. The first tale is the story of two young girls who encounter a bloody and deserted car crash on a remote country road. The episode is told…

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Go Karts! (PG)

14-year-old Jack is a charismatic larrikin who has just discovered that the one thing that he is good at is go-kart racing. Jack’s got natural talent, but he must learn to control his recklessness. To do that, he will need the help of Mandy, an aspiring engineer, wise-cracking best mate Colin and a mysterious mentor; an…

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H is for Happiness (PG)

A twelve-year-old girl with boundless optimism and a unique view of the world, is inspired by the strange new boy at school and sets out to mend her broken family – whatever it takes. Based on the award-winning book, My Life As An Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg, this is a classic family feature film that will make…

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Happy Sad Man (M)

A charming and uplifting insight into the lives of five very different Australian men. The documentary explores their emotional lives and shines a light on the dialogue around masculinity and mental health today. It is touching, funny and tender. We journey from Bondi Beach to the outback; we laugh and cry alongside a war photographer…

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Invisible Man (MA15)

After staging his own suicide, a crazed scientist uses his power to become invisible to stalk and terrorize his ex-girlfriend. When the police refuse to believe her story, she decides to take matters into her own hands and fight back. Please note this event is subject to change.

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Kairos (M)

Kairos, taken from the ancient Greek word meaning ‘the supreme moment’, follows Danny, an aspiring boxer with Down Syndrome, whose dreams of stepping into the ring are challenged after a violent mishap with his trainer John. During the emotional and psychological fallout from the incident, Danny turns inward and begins to question the very nature…

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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?! Whether it’s 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. Each morning’s activity…

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Koko: A Red Dog Story (G)

  For all Aussie dog lovers, we are blessed with a trilogy of great films about Red Dog with the latest instalment Koko: A Red Dog Story a documentary about the red kelpie star of the first film. This exceptionally joyous, heart-warming, and downright hilarious documentary presents the myths of the origin of the wandering Pilbara dog. Koko tells…

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Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears (M)

  Glamorous lady detective Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) returns in a cinematic sequel to the wildly popular TV series. This is a flirty, subversive return to the world of our favourite detective. In 1929 Jerusalem, Miss Fisher’s rescue of a young Bedouin girl leads her on a globe-trotting adventure to uncover priceless treasures, wartime secrets,…

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Moon Rock for Monday

Set in Sydney, 1999, after an unlikely encounter at a train station, Monday, a young terminally ill girl with an incurable virus befriends a fugitive teenage boy and they travel to visit a ‘moon rock’ that Monday believes will heal her. Her single father searches for her with increasing desperation. This is a high stakes…

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Never Too Late (M)

With a stellar cast led by James Cromwell, Jacki Weaver, Dennis Waterman, Jack Thompson and Shane Jacobson, this a feel-good comedy about friendships, love and family. It has been a long time since ‘The Chain Breakers’ escaped the torturous Vietnamese POW camp. They now find themselves sharing a new prison, a retirement home. However, each…

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Outback (R)

An American couple, Wade and Lisa, travel Down Under to experience nature at its finest with an adventure-filled vacation, but they quickly find themselves stranded in the unforgiving Australian outback with shocking consequences – a how to guide of what not to do. This an immersive and gruelling survival thriller that witnesses two Americans at…

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Ride Like A Girl (PG)

One of the most popular films of recent years, this is the incredible true story of jockey Michelle Payne. A feelgood story featuring sporting triumph over adversity. As a little girl, Michelle Payne dreams of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup – horse-racing’s toughest two-mile race. The youngest of 10 children, Michelle is raised by…

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SHORT FILM COMPETITION 2020

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 “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”. Half the films are made by emerging filmmakers during the Festival with the active participation…

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Slim & I – Opening Night Film & Party

Join us under the stars for the opening night of Vision Splendid 2020. The opening night formalities will be followed by a screening of Slim & I. After the film, we invite you to the North Gregory Hotel for an opening night celebration.   Slim & I For over 50 years country music legend Slim Dusty…

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Smoke Between Trees (TBC)

This is an emotionally rich story of Matthew Higgins a broken, lonely man whose life is forever changed when he is reunited with his grandson. He is forced on a journey that will change his life forever. This intimate film traces a sensitive arc of interpersonal relationships as it sketches a broader picture of family,…

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Suzi Q (M)

This is the definitive, unexpurgated story of one of the world’s rock singer-songwriter-bass player- author-actor Suzi Quatro, who helped redefine the role of women in rock ‘n’ roll when she broke out into the mainstream 1973. She has sold more than 50 million records worldwide and is still on the road and recording 55 years after…

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Swimming For Gold (G)

When Claire Carpenter’s dad sends her to Australia to coach an elite boys swim team, Claire finds herself face to face with long-time rival Mikayla Michaels, and the news that the camp will close if the team loses the next meet. To save the camp, Claire must overcome a secret fear, put aside her differences…

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The Faceless Man (R)

Six friends venture out to a country holiday house to party over a weekend. Cut off from the rest of the world they soon learn the inhabitants are a fun-loving mob led, by Roger Ward’s King Dougie, who enjoy terrorising and humiliating passing travellers. At the same time a para-normal monster seen as the faceless…

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The Flood

Set during WWII this is sumptuously filmed revisionist western that is an explosive blend of Tarantino and The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith. This is the story of Jarah’s coming-of-age in a brutal, and lawless land – growing from a sweet child to a strong, independent and ferocious woman taking on Australia’s corrupt and bigoted system…

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The General – Silent Film

Brought to you by Moreton Bay Regional Council and Winton Shire Council   Celebrating 25 Years Between The Sister Cities     When Union spies steal an engineer’s beloved locomotive, Johnnie (Buster Keaton) loves his train (“The General”) and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins, he is turned down for service because he is more valuable as…

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The General – Silent Night Experience

Brought to you by Moreton Bay Regional Council and Winton Shire Council    Celebrating 25 Years Between The Sister Cities     Join us for a 2-course meal (and some movie snacks!) under the setting sun, before enjoying this year’s silent film event. When Union spies steal an engineer’s beloved locomotive, Johnnie (Buster Keaton) loves his train (“The…

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The Legend of the Five (PG)

A teenage girl, who recently lost her mother and moved to a new school, attends an excursion where she and four other students touch an ancient relic, they find themselves caught up in a magical world, with elemental powers beyond their belief, and the responsibility of stopping an age-old evil from destroying the world. Among…

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The Taverna (MA15)

It’s a busy night at Kostas’ Greek restaurant when Jamila, the belly dancer, refuses to go on because her ex-husband, Arman, has unexpectedly arrived for a romantic dinner with his new lover, Rebecca. But when a waitress is substituted for Jamila to perform the much anticipated belly dance, chaos and mayhem ensues before the owner…

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The Wishmas Tree (PG)

A young possum’s misguided wish for a white Wishmas not only freezes her entire hometown of Sanctuary City, but also threatens the lives of all who live there. Before the magical Wishmas Tree dies, she must undertake a perilous journey into the wild where she must battle self-doubt, ghostly predators and ultimately, extinction itself, to…

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Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel: The Endless Road

Tommy Emmanuel is the esteemed Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and performer who combines virtuosity with storytelling wit. This is the fascinating story behind the man and his music. The documentary details the rise of the iconic Tommy Emmanuel, from child prodigy to ARIA Award winner & Grammy-nominated guitar legend, and features a star-studded cast, including Jason…

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Two Heads Creek (MA15)

After the death of their adoptive mother, a shy butcher and his drama queen sister leave the nasty confines of post- Brexit Britain and adventure to Australia in search of their biological mother. They become stranded in Two Head Creek – an outback town where the ghoulish locals have a sinister means of dealing with…

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