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A feature length documentary about Australian popular entertainment across 150 years; of Skating and Dancing, Vaudeville and Moving Pictures. It is the story of entrepreneurs and the grand buildings they created; including two that stood side by side for decades and which shared the same name. Buildings that survived due to the grit and determination of the extraordinary women who ran them.
Narrated by Award winning Director Bruce Beresford ("Driving Miss Daisy", "Ladies in Black"), you will discover a history previously unknown and amazing entertainment; including footage from Australian Cinema not seen in public since their original release.
Over 6 years of research by Les Tod and Anthony Buckley created a detailed manuscript about this duo of theatres with the same name, both in the same location. Only one photo of the two original Coliseum buildings is known to survive. Using newspaper descriptions and drawings from the time, the venue has been recreated by PTB Screen in 3D to give us glorious visual details about the elaborate interiors of these fabulous theatres.
ANTHONY BUCKLEY and LES TOD in association with
NATIONAL FILM & SOUND ARCHIVE, AUSTRALIA
presents "AT THE COLISEUM DELUXE"
Produced and Directed by ANTHONY BUCKLEY Co Producer LES TOD
Written by PETER FENTON Narrated by BRUCE BERESFORD
Film Editor/Associate Producer DANIEL SAW
Palace of Dreams (1984) - 29 mins [Enhanced 2020 version]
"Palace of Dreams" was produced in 1984 to celebrate Greater Union's 75th Anniversary. The State Theatre in Sydney, Australia was fully restored in the early Nineteen-Eighties and prompted this documentary to be commissioned in honour of this magnificent building. Our featurette combines glorious period costumes with glamourous cinematography. Beautifully shot, it showcases this luxurious 2000 seat heritage-listed theatre which tastefully incorporates elements of Art deco, Italian and Gothic design.
This 2020 enhanced version
includes recently discovered
presented in the original
widescreen cinema presentation
This film echoes the sights and sounds of the past, as the cameras search out the treasures and wonders fully restored to their original splendour and includes glimpses backstage where most people have never seen. This 2020 enhanced version includes recently discovered archival footage