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'The Fear of Darkness' to premiere at Gold Coast Film Festival

Bond University’s film and television students are set to see their name in lights at the world premiere of the film The Fear of Darkness at the upcoming Gold Coast Film Festival.

TheFear of Darkness will be unveiled at the Gold Coast Film Festival at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on Saturday, April 11.

The film was directed by Bond University lecturer and AFI award-winning writer/director Christopher Fitchett, and dozens of Bond students were actively involved in its production when the campus was used as one of the locations for the full-length feature film.

Produced by Mark Overett, the film features a stellar line-up of Aussie stars including Maeve Dermody (Black Water, Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story), Penelope Mitchell (The Vampire Diaries), Aaron Pederson (Mystery Road), and Chris Sommers (The Water Diviner).

Described as a supernatural thriller, The Fear of Darkness, tells the story of a brilliant young psychiatrist, Dr Sarah Faithfull, who is forced to confront her own unconscious when investigating the bloody murder of a university student.

Mr Fitchett said the Gold Coast was the perfect place to debut the film considering it was shot entirely on location in South East Queensland and Village Roadshow Studios.

"The film came together with the help and talent of so many local crew, cast and supporters, so we cannot wait for everyone to see it at the Gold Coast Film Festival," said Mr Fitchett.

Dr Michael Sergi, Director of Film and Television at Bond University, and the film’s Associate Producer, said for many students, The Fear of Darkness was their first experience working on a professional feature film set.

"We filmed at a lot of locations on the Bond University campus – a lecture theatre, one of the cafes, various corridors and the pine forest – as well as using the film school’s state-of-the-art Sony F65 digital cinema camera," said Dr Sergi.

"The soundtrack for the film was also composed by Bond graduate, Joshua Beattie.

"We are all eagerly awaiting the premiere on April 11 at the Gold Coast Film Festival, where everyone involved in the making of The Fear of Darkness will get to see the final product on the silver screen for the first time."

The cast and crew will be taking part in a special Question and Answer session after the screening at The Arts Theatre Gold Coast on April 11.

The Fear of Darkness will be distributed in Australia through Greenlight Releasing later in 2015, while Arclight Films will handle international sales.

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