I got to chat to Flash Gordon’s Sam J Jones and GI Joe Retaliation’s Ray Park at Supanova 2013 on the Gold Coast.
So we’ve had a busy few days in here!
Thursday was the opening night of the Gold Coast Film Festival, Saturday we popped into Supanova at the Gold Coast Convention Centre and Monday was the preview screening of Iron Man 3 (which we’re embargoed from discussing until midnight tonight, more on that later).
We are in the middle of editing our video coverage of GCFF opening night red carpet and Supanova for Cinemazzi TV, but until that’s ready, here’s our photo diary of the weekend that was…
First stop was the Heroes and Villains sculptures display at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre at Broadbeach (above), as part of the 2013 Gold Coast Film Festival. It’s up until April 28 so stop in for your own snap if you’re around!
Nothing like a bit of live entertainment on the red carpet. The History of Future Folk was the opening night film of the 2013 Gold Coast Film Festival and Jay Klaitz made the trip out to Oz for the premiere of the film, about an alien who decides to form a bluegrass band instead of destroying Earth. As you do.
Paul and I arrived at Supanova Pop Culture Expo at the Gold Coast Convention Centre bright and early Saturday morning and didn’t leave until late afternoon…there was just so much to see there! Starting with the Star Wars Supanova photobooth (above) where, for the price of a gold coin donation to Starlight Foundation, you could don the Jedi robe, pick up a lightsaber and do your best figurine impersonation. Game on, Stormtrooper.
Back downstairs, we ran into KITT, David Hasselhoff’s trusty talking car from the Knight Rider series. Definitely a highlight!
One of the coolest features of Supanova is the seminars that run all weekend with celebrity guests, who take to the stage in the main auditorium for question and answer sessions with the audience. This year they had Barbara Eden, David Hasselhoff, Eliza Dushku, Rose McGowan and many, many more, including Ray Park (above), the former professional martial artist turned film bad ass who played Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Toad in X-Men and most recently, Snake Eyes in the GI Joe franchise. Sounding more than a little like Jason Statham (who knew? we never actually get to hear his voice in his films) Ray regaled us with plenty of tales, including his penchant for hanging on to props from sets.
Having a chat with Flash Gordon himself, Sam J Jones, most recently seen opposite Mark Wahlberg in Ted. You’ll have to wait for our video to hear what he said!
Whilst tagging along with the awesome Geek Speak Australia crew, we hung back to watch them interview British comic book artist Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame, just one of many graphic novel superstars meeting and greeting fans in Artist Alley. Totally awesome.
Who did we run into fresh off his stint on stage?? Ray Park gives me a crash course in how to do a fighting pose (“stand like this, think Elvis, and go”).
Didn’t find these until we were heading out the door, but how cool are these Luke Skywalker and Apollo Creed bobbleheads??
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