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Brisbane Insider November 2015

Reef Ireland APSA

3 November 2015

APSA Aussie nominees + exclusive corporate table opportunities

Australian actor Reef Ireland (pictured above) has been announced as a nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in the 9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards this month.

Ireland’s selection, for his riveting performance in the chilling mystery thriller Downriver, brings Australia’s total nominations count to four, with others already received across different categories for Spear, Another Country and Blinky Bill The Movie.

Twice shortlisted for the Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship, Ireland’s credits include Kim Farrant’s Strangerland (which premiered at Sundance), Kasimir Burgess’s Fell and Ana Kokkinos’s Blessed, as well as recent roles in Wentworth, Puberty Blues and Tangle.

APSA Film Director Maxine Williamson said Reef was a remarkable young actor.

“At only age 22, (he) has delivered some powerhouse performances in films which have screened at prestigious international festivals including Sundance and Toronto,” Ms Williamson said.

"This lead performance in Downriver confirms his growing reputation as one of Australia’s most talented actors, and to be nominated from the more than 290 films in APSA Competition is a testament to his remarkable performance.”

By the way, don’t miss your chance to secure exclusive corporate packages to the APSA ceremony on Thursday 26 November.

The 2015 awards ceremony will be hosted as a sit-down dinner event, rather than the previous theatre-style event of previous years.

This year, a record number of films are in contention, with over 290 films from 41 Asia Pacific countries and areas competing for achievements in feature narrative, documentary, animation and youth filmmaking.

For information and to purchase packages, please contact Vicki Ciocca at [email protected]


QSO woah!

Exciting times for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra following the recent announcement that acclaimed Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra will join the QSO as its Music Director after a global search.

QSO Chief Executive Officer Sophie Galaise said the company was thrilled to secure Ms de la Parra, who is revered as one of the most compelling conductors of her generation.

“Alondra de la Parra is set to have a profound influence on the future of the QSO musically and culturally as she takes on the combined roles of Chief Conductor, Artistic Director and Community Arts Leader,” Ms Galaise said.

“This appointment is a major turning point for the QSO as the first orchestra in the country to appoint a Music Director, something done by the great orchestras on the world stage, but not seen before in Australia.”

As Music Director designate in 2016 she will open QSO’s concert season with Mahler’s Symphony No.2 on 27 February.

Ms de la Parra will begin her three-year role as Music Director in 2017, the orchestra’s 70th anniversary year, and she will be resident in Brisbane throughout the year.

Busy times ahead for Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport’s (BNE) $45 million International Terminal redevelopment has been officially opened, following 18 months of round-the-clock construction works.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe said the refurbishment put Brisbane International on the map as one of the most beautiful terminals in the world, while establishing a global benchmark for design.

Elements of the redevelopment included a new themed Departures lounge, incorporating a sense of place that is uniquely Brisbane; new walk-through Duty Free stores for both Departures and Arrivals; new specialty retail and food and beverage outlets offering the best of local produce and products; improved way-finding for passengers; and unrivalled views of aviation activity on the tarmac.

Meanwhile, all four major carriers in Australia have committed a massive 480,000 additional seats to the Brisbane Domestic market on key trunk and leisure routes.

Between late October 2015 and March 2016, the additional capacity will be delivered through extra services and the up-gauging of aircraft on certain routes to meet expected demand.

Ms Alroe said the significant amount of capacity added during the year’s busiest travel period reinforced the strength of the Queensland market and BNE’s convenience and connectivity to the best parts of Australia.

“When airlines consider their seasonal scheduling options, it makes good sense to allocate resources where the demand is expected, so if these capacity increases are anything to go by, we expect an exceptionally busy summer with hundreds of thousands of travellers travelling to and through Brisbane, which is great for everyone,” she said.

Brisbane Sign


Letters of the new Brisbane sign have arrived at their new home in South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt.

A temporary version of the Brisbane sign was installed at the site in late 2014 for the G20 Leaders Summit but proved so popular with visitors and locals alike that a permanent version was created.

The $300,000 project has been jointly funded by the State Government and Brisbane City Council.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the sign would be a lasting legacy of the successful G20 and also a landmark that would continue to promote Brisbane as a vibrant, creative city.

“Now that the letters are here on site, the next step will be the installation of the soft surface, lighting and turf, followed by the application of the vinyl graphic designs,” he said.

“We anticipate the beautiful new sign will be finished and ready to be admired by residents and visitors by the end of the year.”

Queen's Wharf

Some fantastic insights resulted from a recent Brisbane media visit to Hong Kong courtesy of Echo Entertainment.

One of Hong Kong's best-connected billionaires, David Chiu, told Fairfax that hooking a Chinese VIP would be key to making money.

Sydney Morning Herald journalist Perry Williams, who made the trip to Hong Kong, wrote that for the past year Mr Chiu had been sharing his insights into the behaviour of casino whales with the soon-to-be Brisbane based casino operator Echo Entertainment.

“The Chiu family has made much of its fortune through property development, with its Far East Consortium entity building a string of apartments and hotels in Australia,” Williams explained.

“And now Chiu, along with Hong Kong's wealthy Cheng family – which controls the jewellery-to-shopping mall Chow Tai Fook Enterprises conglomerate – has teamed up to help bankroll the $3 billion Queen's Wharf casino resort due to open in Brisbane in 2022.

“Echo, owner of The Star in Sydney, Treasury in Brisbane and Jupiters on the Gold Coast, will operate Queen's Wharf with a 50 per cent share of the venture.

“While Echo will bring expertise in running the casino side of the resort, it's relying on its Hong Kong partners to develop a string of hotels including the Ritz Carlton, Rosewood and Dorsett brands, along with Michelin star restaurants and more than 2000 residential apartments.”

Channel Nine reporter Michael Best was also invited to Hong Kong and his subsequent story provided a glimpse of the kind of opulence the Chiu family and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises are known for.

Awards and Achievements

Brisbane-based Tritium has won a top award as Emerging Exporter of the Year in the Premier of Queensland’s Export Award 2015, for global sales of its Veefil® fast charger for electric vehicles.

One of Australia’s success stories of the past decade, Tritium is now achieving global recognition as a specialist designer and manufacturer of power-electric systems, battery energy-storage applications and fast chargers for electric vehicles (EV).

Two years ago the company developed a highly-innovative 50 kW DC fast charger – the Veefil®- which is acknowledged internationally as being the most technologically advanced in its class and achieved significant overseas sales.

“It’s an honour to be selected for this particular award, as it’s been a relatively short time since we started marketing our Veefil® units internationally,” said Tritium Commercial Director Paul Sernia.

”The judges recognised that, although this is an early stage in our growth, there is enormous potential in this rapidly developing market sector.”

Tritium won a Lord Mayor’s Business Award in 2013, taking out the Nova 106.9 Award for Business Innovation category.

Saké Restaurant & Bar Brisbane won Best Japanese Restaurant at the National Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence 2015, which were held in Brisbane on 26 October.

The Eagle St Pier favourite is one of the three Urban Purveyor Group’s portfolio of 20 restaurants and bars to win awards this year, with The Cut Bar & Grill in The Rocks, Sydney taking out Best Steak Restaurant and the Bavarian Bier Café in Broadbeach getting the gong for the Best Beer Café.

Wintergarden has won Gold in the ICSC 2015 Asia Pacific Shopping Centre Awards in Taipei.

The International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) recognises the region’s most innovative shopping centres for outstanding achievement in marketing, design and development and retail.

Wintergarden was named a Gold winner in the marketing positioning and brand awareness marketing category, for its unique Spring fashion campaign, involving a collaboration with renowned Brisbane celebrity illustrator Kerrie Hess.

Wintergarden is owned by ISPT and managed by JLL.

Congratulations to Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel which shone at the recent 2015 World Travel Awards in Hong Kong, taking the title of Australia’s Leading Boutique Hotel.

The award follows the independently owned and operated luxury hotel winning Best Luxury Accommodation for the third year running at the Queensland Tourism Awards recently, and officially entering the Tourism Hall of Fame.

Emporium faced some tough competition from the likes of The Cullen Arts Series Hotel, Cape Lodge in Margaret River, Gaia Retreat & Spa, Medusa Boutique Hotel Sydney, The Henry Jones Art Hotel, The Langham, The Lyall Hotel & Spa, The Prince in Melbourne and Woodbridge on the Derwent.

Finally, the opening weekend celebrations for The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) have just been announced.

Over two days, 21 and 22 November, the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art will be transformed by a full program of over 40 performances, talks, tours and special events marking the start of APT8. The opening weekend also marks the first weekend of the ongoing APT8 Live program.

For more information, click here.