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New film festival for Brisbane

The building that houses New Farm Cinemas has played a key role in Brisbane’s

cinema history. It opened in 1921, first as an open-air picture palace and then as

Brisbane’s first multi-screen cinema. It also hosted the first Brisbane Film Festival

from 1966 to 1969 to give locals access to some of the world’s most artistically

important films shown on the big screen.

From July 24 to 26 history repeats and New Farm Cinemas will host the

first Queensland Film Festival, an initiative of festival directors John Edmond

and HuwWalmsley-Evans who met while studying their doctorates in film at

University of Queensland. Their aim, says Walmsley-Evans, is the same as the

Brisbane Cinema Group which launched that first festival so many decades

ago. “If your capital city doesn’t have an international film festival dedicated to

showing critically acclaimed international films, you miss out on a great deal of

the most interesting movies. Even though Brisbane has some strong specialist

film festivals, and a wonderful cinematheque at GOMA, we’re still missing out

on the films making waves at the great international film festivals,” he says.

The first festival will screen 12 feature films and two short films sourced from

five continents. The selection includes films fromWest Africa, Armenia and

the Danish language western


(a prize-winner at Cannes in 2014, starring

Viggo Mortensen). Films by Brisbane directors are also featured, including Peter



, shot in a single take, and Audrey Lam’s short,

Magic Miles


Talks will also explore film criticism, editing techniques in selected films from

the festival and the different cultures of film-making and film-going.

Queensland Film Festival 24 to 26 July. See

Australia’s first luxury Dusit Thani resort will open in Brookwater,

about 30km south west of Brisbane’s CBD. Dusit Thani resorts

operate in many destinations across Thailand and Asia as well as the

Maldives and Middle East and the new Brookwater Golf and Spa

Resort at First Residence is part of a global expansion strategy that

also includes a major push into China. Richard Turner, joint managing

director of Brookwater Resort Investments which is building the resort,

says access to the city and to two international airports in Brisbane and

the Gold Coast were key to the decision in choosing Brookwater as the

resort’s location.

Construction starts in July on stage one of the $550 million

development and will feature 168 luxury apartments with private plunge

pools overlooking the Greg Norman-designed golf course (which are

expected to be completed by late next year). The first stage will also

include central resort facilities, business centre and meeting rooms, a

day spa, restaurants, recreational facilities and a wedding chapel.

Almost two thirds of the two and three-bedroom apartments have

been snapped up at prices between $500,000 and $700,000 even

before construction begins, with buyers split evenly between Australia

and overseas, according to Richard Turner.

The resort is expected to be built in six stages and, when completed,

will include 520 luxury resort apartments, six private clubs, an

international standard tennis stadium, water park and aquatic centre,

conference, convention and exhibition facilities, cafés, al fresco fresh

food markets and retail emporium. A council spokesperson says local

road networks will be upgraded for resort access.

Luxury resort builds





| BNE July/August 2015