Oscar Retrospective: ‘Anatomy Of A Fall’ – Book Tickets at the Palace Barracks

“Anatomy of a Fall” made quite a mark at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Awards (popular known as an “Oscar Awards”) this year in the United States, winning Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing for its captivating storytelling and exceptional execution. Did you know that you can watch this cinematic masterpiece at the Palace Barracks cinema in Petrie Terrace?

“Anatomy of a Fall” is a powerful film with a unique vision and expert storytelling. It explores complex human relationships with nuanced performances, exquisite cinematography, and a script that balances the razor’s edge of human emotions. It received critical acclaim upon release.

Directed by Justine Triet, the film has an excellent cast that includes Sandra Hüller in a prominent role, contributing to the film’s intricate exploration of a tumultuous marriage scrutinized following a mysterious death.

During the Oscars, “Anatomy of a Fall” was highly praised for its artistic achievements and captured the attention of both audiences and critics. It won the award for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for several other categories, highlighting the Academy’s recognition of its excellence in storytelling, direction, acting, and technical precision. The film’s ability to convey profound emotional depth and cinematic beauty earned it prestigious accolades, solidifying its place among the year’s best films.

Messi is an adorable Border Collie who played Snoop in the movie “Anatomy of a Fall.” He stole the hearts of many at his first Oscars ceremony. Messi’s acting skills were praised for an overdose scene, which he prepared for two months ahead of the shoot. 

Laura Martin Contini, his owner and trainer, emphasised the dedication and long preparation process involved in training animals for the film. Although Messi didn’t receive an acting nomination, his performance won him the Palm Dog Award at Cannes, highlighting the impact of his role in the movie.

The impact of ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ goes beyond the excitement and attention that it garnered during awards season. It has started discussions about the various themes it covers, connecting with audiences due to its genuine portrayal of intricate emotional situations. This continuous conversation serves as proof of the film’s lasting significance and its ability to touch viewers on a profoundly personal level.

For those in Brisbane, the opportunity to watch “Anatomy of a Fall” at the Palace Barracks cinema is a chance not to be missed. 

Published 14-March-2024

Revitalisation Prospects Raised for Victoria Barracks in Petrie Terrace

Did you know that the historic Victoria Barracks in Petrie Terrace could be on the brink of a major transformation? The possibility of selling the site and opening it up for public use as part of the city’s sports and entertainment district has garnered significant attention. Tell us what you think about this here.

An audit of the Defence Department’s property holdings is currently underway, and this review encompasses the largely underutilised Victoria Barracks at Petrie Terrace, positioned between Caxton and Countess streets. The key idea behind this proposal is to bridge the gap between Roma Street train station and Suncorp Stadium, creating a seamless link for both locals and tourists.

The potential of this site lies in its landmark buildings and expansive open spaces, which could be repurposed to attract culture enthusiasts and tourists alike. Importantly, this redevelopment would complement the existing attractions in the vicinity, such as the Roma Street Parkland and the planned Brisbane Arena venue.

Victoria Barracks
Photo Credit: Architectus

The need for such a development became evident when Suncorp Stadium was redeveloped without a dedicated pedestrian link for train commuters heading to Roma Street station. One solution proposed was to channel pedestrians through Victoria Barracks, an option that was also considered during the planning of Roma Street Parkland. However, the Department of Defence had initially declined to release control of the site.

In recent years, however, the Department of Defence has been contemplating a different future for parts of the barracks. It is exploring the possibility of transforming the site into an arts centre with boutique accommodation, marking a significant departure from their military past.

Photo Credit: Cory Exelby/Google Maps

Adjacent to Victoria Barracks is The Barracks, a former police establishment converted into a thriving complex with restaurants, retail outlets, and cinemas, where the historic buildings have been thoughtfully preserved and enhanced. Its success story further underscores the potential of Victoria Barracks for a vibrant future. 

In 2022, a report showed that the Department of Defence was cautioned about the deteriorating condition of the buildings, even while they were being maintained. However, pending the outcome of the property audit, the department remains tight-lipped about the site’s future.

Meanwhile, as Deputy Premier Steven Miles endorses the proposal, Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has suggested that the federal, state, and local governments collaborate on a long-term plan for Victoria Barracks. 

Schrinner believes that the site holds a pivotal role in connecting Suncorp Stadium and Roma Street, and its potential should be harnessed to its fullest, ahead of the 2032 Brisbane Olympics. Federal Labor MP Graham Perrett, a member of the Olympic organizing committee, shares the sentiment that Victoria Barracks is in need of rejuvenation. 

Published 6-Oct-2023

Inside West Brisbane’s Small But Beautiful Homes

Who needs a lot of square footage if you can have a small lot to build a house that’s just as functional as a huge one? Here are three of the smallest houses, yet among the most beautiful homes in Petrie Terrace and Red Hill, and their story. 

Read: New Owner Has Big Plans for Normanby Hotel in Red Hill

Red Hill Tiny House

Photo credit: The University of Queensland

Couple Lara Noble and Andrew Carter, founders of the Tiny House Company, have been living in their tiny home since 2015 with their son Charlie. 

It helped that the couple were both graduates of architecture from the University of Queensland.

In fact, Ms Noble’s philanthropic scholarship opportunities whilst studying at UQ allowed her to expand her interest in micro–housing in Japan and Europe.

With the help of Greg Thornton, their co-founder at the Tiny House Company, the couple built and designed the house themselves.

This beauty, which has been featured in the media several times, is only 18 sqm with a 10 sqm deck. Measuring only 7.5m long and 2.5m wide, this house easily fitted in a friend’s backyard in Red Hill. 

It features a laundry space and a bathroom with a full-size shower. Plus, it has the rooms of a typical home, including a lounge and spaces for dining and entertaining friends.

The best part is it’s built with sustainability in mind. They used a lot of recycled Australian hardwood throughout. They also have a composting toilet, a grey water filtration system and a grease trap. 

23 Belgrave St 

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In Brisbane, a lot with an area less than 450 sqm is considered a small lot. This one, located at 23 Belgrave St Petrie Tce, has a floor size of only 145 sqm and is sitting on a 182 sqm lot. 

But did you know that despite its size, it was on the market  in 2017 for $1.05 million and was listed for rent from 2018 for $820 per week? 

As the listing described it, “good things come in small packages.” It was fully restored and featured vintage oak stairs, high ceilings, French doors, verandas, and deck.

A classic home built in circa 1890, this two-level house features four bedrooms and three bathrooms. There’s enough parking for three cars, with two street access.


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Perched on a 162 sqm block at 36 Sexton St in Petrie Terrace, the house is owned by Alan Newitt who as a master builder himself, constructed the house and carried out all the carpentry work with the help of a close friend.

Its name Karinya, is synonymous to “peaceful home” in Aboriginal terms.

The whole build only took more than a year, but the planning was very careful and precise that there had been around 13 revisions from the original plans.

Designed by Focus Architecture and Mullins Designs, the house appears traditional on the outside but very modern on the inside.

The owners can turn on and off the lighting and open the blinds through the Apple Nero voice control system. They can also monitor the CCTV from their mobiles. The fireplace can be flicked on with a remote control.

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There’s no doubt that Karinya is one of the most beautiful homes ever built in Petrie Terrace. It earned a building industry award in 2019 following a renovation in the same year. It was awarded the Queensland Master Builders award for ‘Best use of small sites.’

Published 19-March-2023

ARLC Buys Gambaro Hotel Brisbane in Petrie Terrace

The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) is expanding its hospitality assets with the purchase of Gambaro Hotel Brisbane in Petrie Terrace, located some 300 metres away from the Suncorp Stadium.

The hotel, established by the Gambaro family in the 1950s, has been sold for the very first time in over 65 years and will be rebranded as the NRL with rooms named after some of the league’s famous players. 

The Gambro family will still manage the hotel and restaurant. Gambaro Group director John Gambaro said that they are excited to work with the ARLC to continue to grow the hotel’s operation. HTL Property brokered the deal with the ARLC.

In a statement, the ARLC said that its first investment into the property market will allow the commission to “strengthen its balance sheet with stable, secure investments that provide steady income, long-term capital growth and to protect the game against major interruptions.” 

Gambaro Hotel Brisbane has hosted several Brisbane Broncos home games over the years, and will also host the Dolphin home games for 2023. It is also expected to boost its revenue with the upcoming Olympics and the Women’s World Cup Football series.

The Gambaro site has 68 rooms and is considered an upscale hotel with ancillary facilities. The family’s name has been linked to Brisbane’s food and beverage industry after they opened their first fish and chip store along Caxton St. 

The award-winning Gambaro Seafood Restaurant, on the hotel’s ground floor, has been a landmark for the last five decades. 

Paddington Parish Requests Rezoning for Planned Retirement Homes

Jubilee Catholic Parish has requested to change the zoning of some of its churches in Paddington, Petrie Terrace, and Rosalie as it plans to upgrade the properties into retirement facilities with potential commercial and retail outlets.

In a statement on their official site, Jubilee Catholic Parish informed their Paddington neighbours that the projects, backed by the Catholic Archdiocese, will see changes in their properties in the next 30 years.

First, the Parish plans to turn the Lavalla Centre on Fernberg Road into the main administrative and spiritual headquarters. The project will entail upgrades that include a community hub and co-working space with catering facilities. 

Next, if the rezoning request receives approval, the old St Bernards Church at 189-195 Kennedy Terrace in Paddington and the St Thomas More Church at 7–9 Chapel St in Petrie Terrace could become retirement villages with four-storey buildings.

Photo Credit: Google Maps Street View
Photo Credit: Google Maps Street View

“Many facilities are ageing, there are significant costs associated with maintaining our heritage buildings and the needs of the Parish and congregation are changing, as is our local community,” the Parish stated.

“In response to this, we are seeking to update the planning controls which apply to land in the Sacred Heart Church, Old St Bernards Church in Paddington and St Thomas More Church in Petrie Terrace to allow for their upgrade and redevelopment over time. This will support the sustainability of our Parish and to allow us to continue our pastoral presence in the area.”  

However, concerned residents lodged a petition with the Council objecting to the four-storey development on the old St Bernards site, citing that if Jubilee Catholic Parish receives rezoning approval and proceeds with the development then the site will: 

  • significantly impact the character of the neighbourhood
  • damage the streetscape, heritage and environment.
  • dramatically increase traffic and parking issues in the area.
  • stop all community use of the two church halls and current facilities

Currently, the Dansing Performing Arts school is leasing the St Bernards property. 

Meanwhile, the Parish is also conducting meetings with the community to discuss their plans. Before submitting the development applications, the Parish said that they would like to hear feedback from the community and provided a survey form. Locals may also email the Parish’s projects team at qldengagement@ethosurban.com for enquiries.

Beach Chairs and BBQ at Popular Petrie Terrace Bar “The Rockket Room”

Craving for a retro, outdoor drinking experience? The Rockket Room along Caxton St in Petrie Terrace offers a cool and laid back atmosphere topped off with beach chairs, BBQ, and beer. 

Offering a selection of liquor ranging from beer on tap to some exciting cocktails is The Rockket Room — one of the most popular hangout hotspots in Petrie Terrace. The bar occasionally hosts nights with live music and other special events. For instance, customers interested in watching sports matches for games such as rugby live can do so on select nights — sharing the experience with other bar goers, drinking and celebrating with one another when their respective team wins. 

Photo credit: Instagram/The Rockket Room

Other events also include trivia night, which encourages patrons to put on their thinking caps and bring their ‘A’ game. 

However, its primary selling point is its atmosphere: an astroturf garden with white fence props, fold-out beach chairs and patio furniture, along with the scent of barbeque on the grill and pizza in the oven. Customers can also indulge themselves with some orders of pizza, all priced under $20.

Photo credit: Instagram/The Rockket Room

On the other hand, those who wish to listen to live music in a cool outdoor space can look no further. Local artists and bands periodically set up on select dates and play their songs for the bar’s patrons. 

Those on a tight budget, or those simply eager to drink copious amounts of liquor with their friends can rejoice, for the Rockket Room offers a happy hour promotion between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. where customers can purchase drinks for only half the price. 

The Rockket Room can be found at 2 Caxton St, Petrie Terrace, open Wednesday to Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. For more information, and for the latest updates and announcements concerning the bar, follow their social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram.

Petrie Terrace Will Be Among the First Suburbs to Benefit From a $9.1-Million Tree Planting Pledge

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has recently announced his $9.1-million pledge to go towards planting thousands of trees across the city, including the streets of Petrie Terrace.

Algester, Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley, Kelvin Grove, Manly West, Milton, Petrie Terrace, and Riverhills will be the first suburbs to benefit from the initiative, if the LNP  gets re-elected.

The lord mayor announced his commitment to making the largest investment in greenspace and parks ever in Brisbane, explaining that he grew up with a real appreciation for nature, wildlife and Brisbane’s incredible outdoor lifestyle.

“Today I’ve announced that a re-elected Team Schrinner will invest $9.1 million over four years in the city’s largest ever street tree planting program,” Cr Schrinned said in his social media post.

“A Brisbane with more street trees is a cleaner, greener and more liveable Brisbane!”

The funding will go towards planting of the most suitable trees and landscaping, as well as a watering plan, to ensure that the trees will survive and thrive. The tree planting drive will be delivered over four years.

Cr Schrinner also pledges a massive $100-million green space revamp that will include new BMX tracks, beach-themed play areas, super-sized playgrounds and new sports facilities, including a $35-million transformation of the Nudgee Recreation Reserve and $6-million cycling-themed park at Murarrie Recreation Reserve..

In 2019, Council allocated $22.8 million towards planting and maintaining trees across Brisbane; $2 million went to tree planting projects to improve amenity and beautify local shopping areas and busy traffic corridors in Paddington, Zillmere, Greenslopes, and Murarrie. 

Popular Brisbane Venue in Petrie Terrace Reopens Under New Management

This well-loved Brisbane venue in Petrie Terrace is coming back to life in late February 2020 to once again reignite Petrie Terrace’s live entertainment scene.

Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, in the heritage-listed Baroona Labor Hall, is known for being the perfect place for whiskey apples, southern-style food, and Americana rock. Last November 2019, this popular venue surprised everyone when it suddenly closed its doors and left Brisbane’s nightlife scene; but not for long, though.

This historic Caxton Street space is already set to reopen its doors on 27 February 2020 and will run under a new management group,  Hallmark Group Australia — the same people behind Finn McCool’s, Retro’s Cocktail Lounge, Jammie Oliver’s Pizzeria, and Jammie’s Italian.

Photo credit: Lefty’s Music Hall / Facebook

Apart from its new trade name — Lefty’s Music Hall — everything else that we’ve loved about this venue is preserved. The dive bar-style spot will still offer its famed whisky apple, honky-tonk saloon theme, and live music lineup. The crimson walls, vintage chandeliers, and sizeable mirrors displayed around the place will also be maintained. 

Photo credit: Lefty’s Music Hall / Facebook

Also present in its reopening are the giant curved bar, candle-lit black leather booths, wall-mounted peacock and bear, smattering of moose heads, and heavily used dance floor and stage. Its return with an authentic spin will surely be appreciated mainly because it’s how the place became very popular. 

Photo credit: Lefty’s Music Hall / Facebook

The specific food and menu that will be served on Lefty’s are not disclosed yet – aside from the well-known blend of whisky and freshly juiced apples that are heavily ruling the bar. What’s sure is that the bar will serve plenty of whisky and boutique beers. 

They will all return in its reopening this 27th of February with Live Entertainment and the all-time favourite Whiskey Apples. 

15 Caxton St, Petrie Terrace QLD 4000, Australia

Have a Look at La Boite Theatre, Australia’s First Purpose-Built Arena Theatre

La Boite Theatre is undeniably one of Petrie Terrace’s most interesting landmarks. Considered as Australia’s first purpose-built arena theatre, the historic site helps in showcasing the development of theatre in Queensland.

The La Boite Theatre is key to restoring amateur theatre in Queensland. The theatre is also significant for serving as a purpose-designed building for the Brisbane Repertory Theatre Society (now La Boite Theatre Company). They are currently Australia’s oldest,  continuously running theatre company and have played an important role in the development of theatre arts in Queensland.

History of La Boite Theatre

A group of local theatre enthusiasts founded the Brisbane Repertory Theatre Society during the growth of the ‘Little Theatre’ movement in 1925.

Brisbane theatre-goers warmly embraced the theatre group. In fact, newspapers reported that large and appreciative audiences frequented their shows through the 1920s and 1930s.

The group has since performed in many theatres including Her Majesty’s, the Bohemia, Cremorne, Theatre Royal, Rialto, and the Old and New Albert Halls. They also held a lease on the Princess Theatre in South Brisbane for several years.

Unfortunately, these theatres closed one by one which prompted the group to seek for new performance spaces.

The Box

The Society acquired two timber cottages on the corner of Hale and Sexton Streets, Petrie Terrace in the late 1950s. The site initially served as club rooms.

Subsequently, they purchased adjoining properties and decided to convert one of the houses into a theatre-in-the-round. At the time, there was no existing theatre-in-the-round in Brisbane despite the popularity of experimental productions. The society also felt that it is necessary to establish a permanent home ‘where the theatre’s image could flourish and members would be welcome at all times’.

The converted cottage initially seated 65 people and opened for performances in June 1967. Although the performance space was small and technical facilities were limited, the new theatre turned out to be an artistic success. The group named it La Boite which means ‘The Box’ referring to its box-like shape.

La Boite Theatre

La Boite Theatre with Blair Wilson. Credit: State Library of Queensland/Vimeo.

In 1971, Brisbane City Council approved the plan for a new theatre which replaced the converted house. Blair Wilson of Brisbane firm R Martin Wilson & Sons created the design which includes input from the theatre’s Artistic Director, Jennifer Blocksidge. It was the first purpose-built arena theatre in Australia.

Interestingly, in an attempt to save on the cost of building the theatre, Wilson used irregularly-shaped reject bricks which also added to its unusual character.

The La Boite Theatre officially opened on 11 June 1972.

La Boite Theatre Now

La Boite Theatre (2003). Photo credit: Heritage Branch staff/Queensland Heritage Register

With its continuous innovation, Brisbane Repertory Theatre established the Early Childhood Drama Project in 1975. Furthermore, it became a professional company in 1993.

Their growing needs of the company to consider moving. Towards the end of 2001, the theatre company announced that they would move to the new Creative Industries Complex at Kelvin Grove.

La Boite Theatre is now a part of Petrie Terrace’s heritage trail and has been carefully converted into offices.

Discover the Rich History of The Barracks in Paddington

The Barracks in Paddington is important in the suburb as it serves as a landmark commercial precinct today. However, did you know the interesting history of the precinct?

From being amongst the earliest Brisbane gaol to becoming a popular underground night club in the 1990s, The Barracks certainly has quite a few stories to tell.


The Barracks was formerly known as the Petrie Terrace Police Depot. It is significant in the history of the suburb as it was occupied by the second purpose-built Brisbane Gaol from November 1860 until July 1883. The overcrowded Petrie Terrace Gaol was closed in 1883 upon the completion of a new gaol at Boggo Road, South Brisbane.

The Barracks in Paddington
Aerial view of Petrie Terrace Gaol, Brisbane, 1862. The gaol was erected in 1860 to the design of the colonial architect Charles Tiffin. It was converted into a police barracks in 1883. Photo credit: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland/Wikimedia Commons

In 1885, the gaol reserve was divided between the newly established permanent Queensland Defence Force and the Queensland Police Force. The QDF occupied the 1864 military reserve and the northern end of the gaol reserve, the whole of which was renamed Victoria Barracks by mid-1885.

The Barracks in Paddington
Photo credit: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland/Wikimedia Commons

The Queensland Police Force occupied the remainder of the gaol reserve as a police depot and training centre. The police occupied the former gaol reserve for a century until the mid-1980s. However, the site was officially gazetted as a reserve for police purposes in 1901.

Petrie Terrace Police Depot

The former gaol was officially recognized as Petrie Terrace Police Depot from 1850-1960. Additions to the building included the construction of stables in 1912 and a police garage and workshop in 1936.

The Barracks in Paddington
View of the brick barracks at the police depot on Petrie Terrace in Brisbane, 1951 Photo credit: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland/Wikimedia Commons

In 1938, work commenced on the construction of a new three-storeyed, brick and concrete police barracks at the Petrie Terrace Police Depot, on land formerly utilised as a parade and drill ground.

The new barracks, designed by Raymond Clare Nowland, was considered as one of the best investments that the Government had made at the time.

During WWII  a brick building to house the Police Wireless Transmission Station VKR was erected in the southwest corner of the police reserve. Military police attached to the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force, United States Army, United States Shore Patrol, and the Royal Navy utilised the police wireless transmission station at Petrie Terrace.

Change in Use of the Police Depot

Use of the Petrie Terrace Police Depot as a training facility ceased in 1973, but the Depot continued to serve other police purposes until the mid-1980s.

In 1987 the State Government sold the former police reserve and buildings to private enterprise.

The Barracks in Paddington
Photo credit: Heritage Branch Staff

The Former Police Stables functioned as a nightclub through the 1990s, while the Former Police Wireless Transmission Station was converted into a restaurant.

The former Petrie Terrace Police Depot was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register on 23 July 1999.

Former Petrie Terrace Police Depot Transformation

After suffering from high levels of vandalism, the former Police Depot was developed to what is now known as The Barracks in 2007.

The Barracks in Paddington
Photo credit: Heritage Branch Staff

The $120 million mixed-use development was completed in 2008 and is now a popular landmark retail and commercial precinct in Paddington.

The three heritage listed buildings from the Police era remaining on the site are the stables (1912), the three storey brick barracks (1939) and the radio communications centre (1941).

The Barracks in Paddington
Photo credit: The Barracks/Facebook

In 2009, The Barracks won two prestigious UDIA Awards for Urban Renewal and best large Retail/Commercial development.

Learn more about The Barracks in Paddington by visitng their official website.