When it comes to film criticism in Australia and finding one of its true pioneers none ranks higher than David Stratton. Not just a film reviewer, the man is a film historian, lecturer, published author and, just like you and I, a genuine lover of cinema from all corners of the globe. His life has now itself become immortalised on film in the new documentary David Stratton: A Cinematic Life which features appearances from Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill, Rachel Griffiths, Eric Bana, Jacki Weaver, Gillian Armstrong, Rachel Perkins, Warwick Thornton, George Miller and, of course, David Stratton. To celebrate the release of the film Transmission Films and The Lowdown Under are giving you the chance to win one of five double passes to see the film when it enamours cinemas from March 9, 2017!
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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.
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DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE releases on MARCH 9, 2017 in AUSTRALIA through TRANSMISSION FILMS