West End Magazine: Essential Independants Film Fest

Palace Cinemas is launching a new festival to promote the past, present and future of independent cinema from the U.S with the opportunity for the audience to explore the impact of independent film on international cinematic movements.Its exciting and distinctive cinema and with the critical voices emerging from the U.S. right now, we feel the program will not only be entertaining but throw a new perspective on what we know of contemporary American cinema, Palace Cinemas’ CEO, Benjamin Zeccola said.

Essential Independents promises new narratives, feature documentaries and short works with guests from US-based international film festivals and independent filmmakers, plenty of talks and master classes as well as special event screenings to look forward to.

Being one of Australia’s most respected film curators, Richard Sowada said the U.S independent cinema has produced some of the most iconic films across the decades. As the American independent film community continues to grow and produce people, ideas and cinema, it has not seized in influencing an international audience. “Far from being bogged down by the studio parallel universe, American independent cinema has constantly responded to changing moods, politics and technology and continues to create some of the most urgent, vibrant and influential cinema today,”Palace Cinemas’ Artistic Director, Richard Sowada said.

Essential Independents is set to take place in the Palace Cinemas’ screen for two weeks in May.

Words by Jocelyn Garcia

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The West End Magazine: Royal Croquet Club in Full Swing

For the first time in Brisbane, The Royal Croquet Club is hosting a 17-day garden party filled with food, bars, art installations, live entertainment and roving street performers to see while spending the afternoon playing croquet! For the past three years now, the event has been overly popular as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival and hitting the Melbourne scene last Summer but now its success has made its way to Brisbane this Spring. This will be a wonderland that you cannot miss!

“There’s a little magic around every corner, and as always, a croquet pitch right in the heart of the club. The Royal Croquet Club will be an extravaganza for the senses” said Co-Founder, Grant Smillie.

Catering for every style and taste of foodies in Brisbane, there will be All-American dining by Mighty Mighty, The Defiant Duck and Miss Kay, a touch of Mexican Madness and Asian style food from Street ADL and to finish off the night, treat yourself to a gelato from La Macellaria that will leave you satisfied!

Brisbane’s opening night will feature Kilter and Porches performing to kick-start the event as the music line ups remain a secret. Some names that have been revealed include George Maple, KLP (Dj Set), Motez, Paces, Red Bull Music Academy presents Romare (UK), Touch Sensitive and Wafia. The event is being held at the South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt from the 6th to the 22nd of November, the event is free every day except Friday and Saturday with an entry fee of $5. The opening hours are from 4pm until midnight on weekdays where Saturdays and Sundays begin earlier at midday.

Images by The Royal Croquet Club
Words by Jocelyn Garcia

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West End Magazine: The Annual Pacific Fashion Festival

Art and fashion pieces from the Pacific community are being hosted by the Leniata Legacy to celebrate the annual Pacific Fashion Festival to raise awareness and advocate against family violence.

The event will include many foodie delights such as canapés, platters and afternoon tea and guest speaker, Dame Quentin Bryce will address issues on family violence and the empowerment of women.

Written by Jocelyn Garcia

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