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Mice Net : February 2009
event review L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards Awards Ceremony and Official After Party Princess Theatre and Forum Theatre December 2008 Marriner Theatres - Official Venue Partner of the L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards T he cream of Australia’s film and television industry turned out at the Princess Theatre for the L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards in Melbourne on December 5 and 6 in 2008. The Princess Theatre opened its doors to more than 2000 of the country’s finest talent for what was one of Australia’s most watched red carpet occasions. The L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards celebrated 50 years of “Pride and Passion” and was hosted by past AFI Award winner, Stephen Curry, with the film The Black Balloon and Channel Nine’s television drama Underbelly as the clear favourites. Marriner Theatres was proud to have been named the Official Venue Partner for the awards, with CEO of Australian Film Institute, Damian Trewhella saying this “prestigious Melbourne landmark impressively facilitates our increased capacity requirements within magnificent surrounds, befitting this illustrious occasion.” The star-studded After Party took place at the Forum Theatre. Beneath the sky-blue ceiling and before the eyes of the surrounding Romanesque statues, the venue was transformed into a world of glamour which included a 98 square metre star curtain that lit up the stage with more than 1000 stars, and a sleek central bar as the centerpiece. Marriner Theatres’ executive chef Mark Haynes designed a specific 68 mice.net menu for the event and prepared a dazzling selection of innovative and delectable canapés. “Our main focus for this event was to provide a variety of healthy options with exceptional flavours and innovative presentation,” he said. Guests partied the night away while being entertained by acts that celebrated great moments in Australian film. Without a square of dance floor to spare, the after party culminated with the biggest flutter-fetti moment for 2008, finishing off the night in suitable style. Facts and figures • 1000 pairs of high heels walked the red carpet across the two nights • 250 lights and 3km of cabling wired up the event • 25 chefs prepared the supper at the after party • 8000 drinks were served across two nights • 4200 oysters were served at the after party • 5000 prawns were served at the after party • 5600 China bowls were used at the after party • 6400 glasses were used at the after party • 2800 forks were used at the after party • 2800 spoons were used at the after party Forum Theatre