GCFF - Escape to a world of film - 14-25 April 2021 GCFF - Escape to a world of film - 14-25 April 2021

Opening Night
Valerie Taylor: Playing With Sharks

Australian Premiere | Australia | Documentary

Celebrate the Opening Night of Gold Coast Film Festival with Valerie Taylor: Playing With Sharks.

An illuminating and captivating documentary that shines the spotlight on Australian icon Valerie Taylor: pioneering marine conservationist and ocean explorer. Officially selected for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, Valerie Taylor: Playing with Sharks is a feature documentary from director Sally Aitken and producer Bettina Dalton.

The extraordinary life story of scuba diver, Valerie Taylor, a fearless marine protector whose knowledge of the oceans and personal up-close experience with sharks is unparalleled. This powerful and visually spectacular feature documentary draws on decades of amazing re-mastered film footage and interviews with world-famous faces. Valerie Taylor and her husband Ron became globally renowned marine conservationists, filmed live shark footage for Spielberg’s classic blockbuster Jaws and advocated for (and secured) a marine conservation park in Australia.

Interweaving interviews and insights from diving legends, scientists and the leading lady, Valerie Taylor, this breath-taking documentary assembles astonishing archival footage and pays tribute to an incredible woman and an extraordinary life.

Celebrate Opening Night of Gold Coast Film Festival simultaneously at HOTA, Home of the Arts, BCC Coolangatta and BCC Coolangatta.

Cast and crew will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening at HOTA on Wednesday 14 April.

Director: Sally Aitken
Cast: Valerie Taylor, Ron Taylor
Duration: 95 mins
Rating: Unclassified 15+
Country: Australia
Bechdel: Yes
Official selections: Sundance

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Wednesday 14 April, from 6pm – HOTA Home of the Arts (invitation only)

Wednesday 14 April, 7pm – BCC Coolangatta
Tickets $17 adults, $14 concession

Wednesday 14 April, 7pm – Event Cinemas Coomera
Tickets $20 each

Encore screening: Monday 19 April – HOTA Home of the Arts


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Your ticket will be emailed after the program announcement on March 10.

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