In 2016, the Gold Coast Film Festival reinvigorated the Chauvel Award – a prestigious industry award previously part of the Brisbane International Film Festival.
Established in 1992, in honour of one of Australia’s most significant filmmakers, Charles Chauvel, the Award acknowledges significant contribution to the Australian Screen Industry.
Charles Chauvel was not only born in Warwick and educated in Ipswich and Southport, but started his career in production and direction in Brisbane. He has a strong claim to be considered the most distinguished of Queensland-born filmmakers.
His early silent films, Moth of Moonbi and Greenhide, were both set entirely in Queensland, with the latter having sequences filmed on the Broadwater. His later films Heritage and Rats of Tobruk included substantial sequences filmed on location in the Gold Coast hinterland around Canungra.
His greatest film, Sons of Matthew, draws on tales of the O’Reilly family and their selection of property around Springbrook on the Lamington Plateau and is the quintessential Australian pioneering epic.
Today, Gold Coast Film Festival venues are within sight of some of the locations that provided inspiration for some of the most stirring sequences in the Chauvel oeuvre.