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QUEENSLAND                           Wynnum                              Melbourne
        Cairns                               Brisbane  City  Council  has  approved  a  Movies returned to the Regent Theatre on 2
        EVENT Cinemas permanently closed its Cairns  $30  million  development  on  Berrima  Street.  August  with  the  opening  program  of  the
        City site in July. An email went out to Cinebuzz  The  eight  story  residential  tower  will  Melbourne  International  Film  Festival.  A
        Members,  citing  the  “difficult  decision”  was  incorporate office and retail space, as well as a  capacity audience were in attendance for the
        “based  on  our  strong  commitment  to  keep  seven  cinema  complex.  The  operator  of  the  opening night, which featured the premier of
        reinvesting in our other venues”.    complex has not be divulged.        Paul Dano’s Wildlife.                                   �
                                             Source: Brisbane Times              Source:

                                             The  timing  was  impeccable.  Following  the
                                             recent article on Chinese Cinema in Melbourne
                                             (CR  #98),  Screen  Australia  announced  on
                                             29 June 2018, the largest Australian-Chinese
                                             film production in Victoria’s history!
                                             Filming of The Whistleblower will commence
        Event  Cinemas  operate  three  other  sites  in  at  Melbourne’s  Docklands  Studio  before
        Cairns  at  Earlville,  Cairns  Central  and  proceeding to locations in Melbourne, Geelong,
        Smithfield. The Grafton St site, which has been  Dandenong,  Footscray,  Werribee  and  the  Ballarat
        screening movies for 45 years, ceased operating  Latrobe  Valley  at  the  de-commissioned  The fight to save the historic Her Majesty’s
        after the last session on Wednesday, 18 July.  Hazlewood Power Station.  Theatre which opened in 1875 continues. The
        Movies have been played at the city location                             City of Ballarat is currently lobbying the state
        since  the  Odeon  Cinema  opened  in  1973.  Screen Australia reports that 220 employment  and  federal  governments  for  an  additional
        Source: The Cairns Post, July 2, 2018.  opportunities will be created for local screen  $15  million  to  carry  out  repairs,  make
                        ★                    workers  and  benefits  will  flow  to  about  800  improvements and modernise facilities.
                                             Victorian businesses. The film is expected to
        Red Hill                             contribute  approximately  $40  million  to  Many of Australia’s most eminent performers,
        Reading Cinemas is taking Brisbane brothers,  Victoria’s economy. Ausfilm, with the support  including David Hobson, Jacqui Dark and John
        Peter and Stephen Sourris, to court to stop them  of the Australian Embassy Beijing, attracted the  Bell have added their voices to calls to protect
        building a boutique cinema in Brisbane’s old  film  production  to  Australia.  Director  the theatre.
        Red Hill skate arena. The US-owned Reading  XueXiaolu  and  lead  actor  Jiayin  Lei  both  Ballarat Courier 19 July 2018
        Cinemas runs the nearby Reading Newmarket  attended the recent launch at Docklands Studio.
        cinema. Reading’s plan has angered Red Hill
        and  Paddington  residents.  The  Sourris’  have  The  Whistleblower  is  the  story  of  a  Chinese  SOUTH AUSTRALIA
        previously  redeveloped  the  New  Farm  Twin  expat working in Australia who discovers that  Warooka
        and Elizabeth boutique cinemas.      a new technology developed by his employer  Movies  are  back  at  Warooka  (Yorke
                                             has  significant  safety  concerns.  His  stealthy  Peninsula) after almost a 50 year intermission.
        The Sourris Brothers want to restore the Red  investigations  reveal  a  larger  corporate  The  local  Progress  Association  has  achieved
        Hill  building  to  its  former  glory,  with  five  conspiracy.         one  of  its  goals  by  returning  movies  to  the
        cinemas.  They  have  decided  on  a  "retro  and                        Warooka Town Hall.
        edgy"  design,  created  by  Brisbane  architect  Co-productions typically make economic sense.
        James  Davidson,  which  will  incorporate  the  As Arclight’s Australian CEO, Greg Hamilton,  Films screening in Warooka go right back to
        building's graffiti to preserve its history.  points  out,  “most  Australian  films  cannot  be  1908, when they were shown at the Warooka
                                             sustainable without exporting.” Furthermore, a  Institute  Hall.  The  silent  films  were  accom-
        The  former  open-air  cinema  complex  was  co-production is not restricted by China’s strict  panied on piano by a local pianist.
        known  as  the  Red  Hill  Picture  Pops  in  the  foreign  film    import  quotas  and  its  foreign  Source: Yorke Peninsula Country Times 5.6.2018
        1920s before becoming the State Theatre in  backers may derive a higher percentage of the
        the 1940s.                           Chinese  box-office  takings  than  they  would  Contributors:  Colin Flint, Tony Tibballs, Roderick
        Source: The Sydney Morning Herald – 29 June 2018  otherwise receive.     Smith, Royce Harris, Cameron Hall.

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