SYDNEY — Showbizzers were torn October 4 between the Independent Film Award nominees party and Company B’s return to its refurbished Belvoir St Theater for the Sydney premiere of Stephen Sewell‘s “It Just Stopped.”
The film crowd gravitated to the IF shindig at Blue Bar, Woolloomooloo, while 350 theatergoers inspected the revamped theatre in Surry Hills.
Company B’s chief fundraiser Louise Herron thanked Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett and Russell Crowe for helping to boost a drive that enabled an A$11.6 million $8.6 million dollar facelift — mainly backstage.
Overhaul was kick-started when visiting scribe David Hare lobbied then state premiere Bob Carr and company’s artistic director Neil Armfield invited Carr to observe the antiquated conditions the company worked in.
Joining Armfield on opening night was Blanchett’s husband Andrew Upton, helmer Jane Campion, Carr, thesps Richard Roxburgh, Claudia Karvan, Lucy Bell and former Hoyts boss Peter Ivany.