Supanova diary: Marie turns Jedi and meets KITT

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…

The Heroes and Villains Superhero display GCFF 2013

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!

Jay the Bucket Head The History of Future Folk

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.

Me in the Star Wars photo booth

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.

ME and Kitt car at Supanova Gold Coast 2013

Back downstairs, we ran into KITT, David Hasselhoff’s trusty talking car from the Knight Rider series. Definitely a highlight!

Ray Park seminar at Gold Coast Supanova 2013

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.

Sam J Jones and I talk everything except Flash Gordon at Supanova 2013

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!

Tagging along with the Geek Speak crew

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.

Ray Park giving me some martial arts tips back stage at Supanova Gold Coast 2013

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”).

Star Wars bobble heads at SUpanova Gold Coast 2013

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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Marie C

Feature writer by trade, movie maniac by night, Marie-Christine grew up watching films from the projection booth at the local drive-in and now she's lucky enough to write about them.

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