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ELVIS – Australian Film Premiere in June

Universal Pictures, on behalf of Warner Bros. Pictures, is thrilled to announce the greatest show on Earth will come to the Gold Coast when Oscar-nominated visionary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann returns home for the Australian premiere of his highly anticipated drama ELVIS.

Fresh from its world premiere at the 75th Festival de Cannes, Luhrmann will be joined by two of the film’s leading stars, Austin Butler and Australian Olivia DeJonge, on the red carpet at Event Cinemas, Pacific Fair, Gold Coast on Saturday, June 4.

Many of the film’s 95 Australian cast members are also expected to attend the gala event before a glamorous private after-party with surprise musical guests.

There’s simply no way we could premiere this film anywhere else in Australia but the Gold Coast; or as we have come to know it, ‘The Goldie.’ Not only did we shoot the film there, but with the support of local council and government, we were able to complete almost all the post-production there as well,” Luhrmann said.

“My entire creative team, our families and I have developed a true love of and deep relationship with the emerging energy and creative spirit of The Goldie. The many artists and friends whom we have met along the way have made us think of it as a new creative home. I’ve been quoted saying, and will continue to say, that I would recommend to any filmmaker in the world to come to this exciting place. The Gold Coast is bursting with the energy, creativity, good food and great people essential to making a movie.”

Shot entirely on the Gold Coast with the support of the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and the Australian Government’s Producer Offset program, the film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Butler), through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Oscar winner Tom Hanks).

The complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanned over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.  Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (DeJonge).

Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said that the film was attracted via Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy.  “With world-class facilities like Village Roadshow Studios, experienced local crew, stunning locations and the support of Screen Queensland, we continue to show why the producers of high-profile films like Elvis choose our state,” Ms Munnich said.

“We congratulate Baz, Catherine Martin and the whole production team from ELVIS for what we know will be a spectacular film.”


Promotional Tour Dates:

Gold Coast

Press junket and Australian Premiere, Saturday, June 4

*Please note additional tour details for Sydney and Melbourne will be announced in the coming weeks.*


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