Revelation Film Festival focus on Picture Palaces


L-R Rachel Thwaites (Scarborough), Helena Berggren (Cottesloe), Drishtiroy Goojha (Rivervale) and Rina Park (North Perth). Picture: Andrew Ritchie
L-R Rachel Thwaites (Scarborough), Helena Berggren (Cottesloe), Drishtiroy Goojha (Rivervale) and Rina Park (North Perth). Picture: Andrew Ritchie

WHEN Helena Berggren came to Perth from her home city Stockholm, she was surprised to learn of our rich history of Art Deco architecture.

“Before I moved here, I thought Perth was just full of skyscrapers,” the design student said.

“In Stockholm we have a lot of old buildings which I love, so it has been fun for me to read the Art Deco Society of WA book, Picture Palaces of the Golden Era, and see your old buildings.

“I wish I could have seen the Ambassador’s Theatre (Hay Street, Perth, from 1929-72) when it was around, because that was such a beautiful one.”

Berggren is one of four ECU students presenting the free visual arts exhibition Picture Palaces, inspired by the book.

Paying homage to cinema-going in Perth, it also celebrates the Revelation Perth International Film Festival’s 20th anniversary.

“We have Art Deco cinema illustrations from the book, panels showing the history of Perth cinema and two mini cinemas projecting old footage,” Berggren said.

The display also includes Revelation film posters spanning 20 years and guests can enjoy popcorn from a candy bar.

Picture Palaces is on the ground floor of the Atlas Building, Museum of Perth, 8-10 The Esplanade.

What: Picture Palaces exhibition
Where: Museum of Perth
When: From July 18

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