The Russian Resurrection 2019 Film Festival Opening Night

November 7, 2019

Guests at the Russian Resurrection 2019 Film Festival opening night in Brisbane were greeted by festival director Nicholas Maksymow who presented us with a diverse, multicultural action adventure viewing of Journey to China: The Mystery of the Dragon’s Seal. English cartographer and traveller Jonathan Green is ordered by Peter the Great to chart maps of the Russian Far East.

Jonathan journeys from England to China and has unbelievable discoveries when confronted with Chinese princesses, martial arts masters and even a dragon. This fantasy adventure features an all-star cast with Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the late Rutger Hauer (in his last role), Jason Flemyng, Anna Churina, Charles Dance, and Xintong Yao. 

I was fortunate to speak with the Russian director, Oleg Stepchenko and my Russian friend, who attended the opening with me, was able to interpret on my behalf. Oleg said the most difficult challenge in his role was to organise all three countries Russia China and England to agree to the production. Filming was held in each country, collaboration and understanding of each other’s distinctiveness essential. Further to this Oleg’s other challenge was scheduling Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, technically it took him a year to achieve this due to their heavy schedules. 

When questioned if he could see a future Russia and China making films together, Oleg indicated if it benefited both countries, there will be a sequel. Already in China there has been 280 million viewers on the digital platform.  Oleg said there were no difficult actors, they are all professionals in their own right. The whole cast (and it was a big one) was a pleasure to work with.

At the After Party, held at Event Cinemas, Myer Centre Brisbane, guests were treated with Russian style hors d’oeuvres served with vodka, spritzers and a new 100% natural energy drink called Doctor V, about to be released on the market nationally. It has been specially formulated with botanical extracts from Siberia. 

This year’s festival presents us with a wide variety of distinct movies, action adventure, romantic comedy, historic epic, war drama, horror comedy, art house drama and animation for children. It includes a retrospective of films made by the famous Russian Director Pavel Lungin who this year celebrates his 70th anniversary. The full film list, session times and tickets for all Australian states and New Zealand can be accessed online 

In Brisbane the festival has begun and runs at Event Cinemas Myer Centre 5-13 November and Gold Coast Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach 9-10 November. 

All information for Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne, Burwood NSW and New Zealand is on the web site. Our other Australian states have opening night to look forward to soon.

Thank you to Georgina Stegman from @ThinkTankCommunications and to @SheSociety.

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