Regent film festival launched
Posted April 8th, 2010 by debritz
As revealed by me on 612ABC on Tuesday, a film festival will be held to "celebrate the life of Brisbane’s favourite picture palace", the Regent Theatre, which is set for closure to make way for a highrise office tower. In a media release, the cinema operators, Birch Carroll and Coyle say the festival will include a short film competition and "an exclusive showcase of past and present films" from Saturday May 29, with a farewell event held on Sunday June 6, 2010, Queensland Day*. The release says the short film competition is open to all film enthusiasts, students or experienced filmmakers and carries "significant cash prizes". (I hope many of those entries highlight exactly what we will lose due to the shortsighted council and government decision to green-light the development in its current form.) Entrants must submit a maximum five-minute film containing a visual reference to the Regent. Entries to the competition are open now and full entry details and terms and conditions available at www.regentff.com.au. From Saturday May 29, The Regent Theatre will showcase a variety of past and present films representing the eight decades in which the theatre has been open. Of course, the fight to save the Regent - and especially the ornate Showcase Cinema (pictured) and bar area, which will be demolished under current plans - is not over. See the Save the Regent website for details.
* There's more than a little irony in choosing the state's big day to shut down a Queensland icon to allow for the demolition of the cinema and bar area, and potential irreversible damage to the grand foyer.