The Godfather of film criticism in Australia, David Stratton, finally gets immortalised on film in the brand new documentary David Stratton: A Cinematic Life. Directed by Sally Aitken (Getting Frank Gehry, Streets of Your Town), the documentary explores the young Englishman and his love for film that came to be his life’s work even as he shifted countries. Featuring interviews with Gillian Armstrong, Eric Bana, Bryan Brown, Russell Crowe, Judy Davis, Nicole Kidman, George Miller, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi, Warwick Thornton, Jacki Weaver and Hugo Weaving, this flick is one for any cinephile to go bananas for and one ponders, what role will Margaret Pomeranz play?
Synopsis: A compelling personal journey with David Stratton, as he relates the fascinating development of our cinema history. David guides us from his boyhood cinema experience of Australia in England, where he saw the first images of this strange and exotic landscape via the medium of film, to his migration to Australia as a ‘ten pound pom’ in 1963 and onto his present day reflections on the iconic themes that run through our cinematic legacy. All of this reflects a passionate engagement in a uniquely Australian medium. Parallel and at the heart of the series is the story of an industry whose growing pains David has witnessed over a lifetime. Alongside David, the protagonists of this history are the giants of Australian cinema – both behind the camera and in front of it.
DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE releases on MARCH 9, 2017 in AUSTRALIA through TRANSMISSION FILMS