FOR MOST PEOPLE, MOVIES ARE ENTERTAINMENT. FOR ONE MAN , THEY'RE A WAY OF LIFE .
When the lights were dimmed and the curtains would open, there was something magical about it...
Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, George Miller, Gillian Armstrong and Geoffrey Rush pay tribute to the Australian cinephile and critic this poignant portrait David Stratton: A Cinematic Life. Directed by Sally Aitken, the documentary tracks Stratton’s love of films from his first cinema experience as a boy living in Melksham, England, to his time running the Sydney film festival and cohosting The Movie Show and At the Movies with Margaret Pomeranz.
The film has a surprisingly wide emotional range, spanning laugh-out-loud moments to times of pathos and poignancy. An experienced hand in analysing other people’s stories, Stratton reveals the same kind of intellectual distance necessary to consider his own: a critic through and through. His highly affecting Cinematic Life ultimately puts forward a message that it is better to be a good person than it is to be a great critic.
'There’s also a lot of solid Australian films still to be released this year. Hounds Of Love (a Perth based production by director Ben Young) I thought was really good. In fact I thought it was rather superior to Snowtown.” - David Stratton (David O'Connell, Xpressmag)
'I can't imagine a life without film.' Davd Stratton
'Mandatory viewing.The Godfather of Australian Cinema...' FilmInk
Screening at Luna Leederville from March 23