Art at the HOTA Gold Coast

HOTA Gold Coast

The Gold Coast has slowly been waking up these past few years from a sleepy beachy town to a more glamorous and hipster destination. More and more events, days out and festivals are now filling up a packed calendar for this beautiful city of almost 600,000.

Something that is really exciting for the Gold Coast is the upcoming Film Festival.

The Gold Coast has been involved in making films since the 1980s and the festival has been running since 2002. The festival celebrates the culture of film with special events, seminars, workshops and several feature films. The films are culturally diverse and include Australian indie movies, European dramas, arthouse and youth films.

Gold Coast Film Festival Cafe
Yes, there’s also a café 🙂

So, in eager anticipation we took a morning visit to HOTA (the Home Of The Arts on the Gold Coast) to check out the latest art installation.

Colourful koala welcoming you at the HOTA on the Gold Coast
Super cute koala that greets you as you enter

HOTA is showing Starstruck: Australian movie portraits in the art gallery from the 2 March – 28 April 2019, which fits in perfectly with the film festival. The gallery is free and there is a space where children can draw their own film sequence.

Kids drawing desk at HOTA on the Gold Coast
Kids drawing desk

The exhibition features evocative prints and original costumes. It is really interesting to walk around the gallery and read the information about each shot and get some background on each movie.

Picture of Storm Boy at the Gold Coast Film Festival
Storm Boy

The original Thong dress, worn by Hugo Weaving, was created on a tight budget of $7 and was a mod-inspired arrangement of thongs and Chanel gold-linked chain for detailing.

Costume of Priscilla worn by Hugo Weaving at HOTA
It looks better in real life!
Marilyn Monroe Carlotta at the Film Festival on the Gold Coast
At the entrance of the exhibition

For both visitors and locals, the upcoming film festival looks like it has some really good movies to check out as well as tours to local movie locations, film awards and luncheons and my personal favorite, wine and cheese tasting after watching a feature film.

So get your diary out and mark this one in! Also, don’t forget to share this article with those you know who appreciate good movies.

Do you instead feel like exploring nature and see wild animals? Check our
Day Trip to See Kangaroos and Koalas article! Or would you rather go to the Nasa Exhibition in Brisbane? Read our article about it here.

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