Swimming with sharks and schools of QLD talent: Gold Coast Film Festival

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Now in its 19th outing, the GCFF retains a populist flavour but brings in art, industry events, awards, and big news.

The Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) opened this week with the Australian premiere of the Valerie Taylor: Swimming with Sharks. This seems like a perfect film to open a Gold Coast cultural event: a Sundance-selected documentary (directed by Sally Aitken and produced by Bettina Dalton) that works as a classy portrait of a pioneering conservationist, it also features monster sharks, shapely blondes and some nods to Australia's gung-ho ocker past. Now in her 80s but still sprightly and golden, Taylor was there to walk the red carpet.

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