Captain Phillips, a thrilling starring Tom Hanks as the master of a US vessel hijacked by Somali pirates, will open the 68th Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC) on Sunday October 13.
Directed by Paul Greengrass, the Sony-produced film will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 27, leading to its US launch on October 11.
Based on the memoir A Captain's Story: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals and Dangerous Days at Sea, the film stars Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips. The 2009 hijacking of his vessel Maersk Alabama marked the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years. Phillips spent three days as a hostage of the Somali pirates before being rescued by Navy SEALs in a raid.
The film will screen at the Hoyts CTG Theatre, Jupiters Hotel & Casino on the Gold Coast. It opens in Australia on October 24.
Michael Hawkins, Chair of the Australian International Movie Convention Committee, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Sony Pictures Releasing to present the Australian premiere of Captain Phillips – a film of this pedigree, with its excellent cast and a definite air of anticipation around it will get us off to great start for this year’s convention.”
Registrations for AIMC 2013 (October 14-17) are now open, with Earlybird discounts closing August 30.