AUSTRALIA’S Christmas is just around the corner, and it looks like the country’s entertainment industry is set to have a blast on the occasion of the holidays.
In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), a top executive from the Entertainment Industry Association (EIA) confirmed the company had been given permission by the Government to bring Christmas movies and TV shows to the state for the first time.
He said the EIA was “confident” the Government would approve an EIA-funded holiday event that would allow Australian-themed movies and television shows to be shown in the state.
“We’re really excited about this,” the executive, who did not wish to be named, told the ABC.
“It will be the first event for Australian audiences to see it.”
The EIA had earlier told the Sydney Morning Herald that it would not approve a Christmas movie that did not include a reference to Christmas, although it is understood the film will include the phrase “and Christmas” in its title.
“I think this is a fantastic initiative for Queensland,” said Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“The idea is that if we can bring something like this to Queensland, we can make Christmas special in a whole new way.”
The state’s entertainment industries are known for having a long and complicated history.
The state is famous for producing some of the countrys most beloved films, television series and songs, and a number of the state’s biggest venues have a holiday-themed Christmas Day show on their premises.
The state is home to a number entertainment venues including the ABCs Big Day Out, the Big Event Theatre and the Big Weekend at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, and is also home to the ABC’s Big Day out, which has a Christmas Day party every year.
But the state has also had a few bad memories in the past, including when it came to the production of movies in 2017, when the state was hit by the Zika virus pandemic.
The Queensland Entertainment Commission was then forced to cancel its upcoming Christmas party, and the Queensland Film Commission had to shut down after a screening of the hit TV show, The Bachelor.
The EAA said the events would not have to be accompanied by a Christmas song or musical, and would not be limited to the State Theatre or the Brisbane Entertainment Area.
“A Christmas movie or TV show will be a very safe and enjoyable holiday event for everyone,” the EAA executive said.
“This is the first step to bringing a film, TV show or film festival to Queensland and, in turn, will allow us to bring Australian-based films, TV shows and music to Queensland.”