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DAVID STRATTON : A CINEMATIC LIFE

What a cast!

Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Sam Neil, Judy Davis, Jackie Weaver, Rachel Griffiths, Geoffrey Rush, Bryan Brown and Eric Bana. To name a few. That’s the incredible line-up amassed for DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE.

A film critic can sometimes unearth an audience for a film that does not have the vast advertising techniques and budget that ensures a mass audience for a major movie, usually from a studio in Hollywood.

Such an excavator is David Stratton whose exuberance for the wide exhibition of quality films, especially those made in Australia, is extolled in this brilliant exultation of local films, DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE. Continue reading DAVID STRATTON : A CINEMATIC LIFE

THE CELEBS @ SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2016

Sydney Film Festival Number 63 has come and gone again for another year. The Festival attracted many celebrities. These are some of my favourite pics.

Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
Grainnie Humphreys, Simo Field, Robert Connolly _ SFF Jurors
Grainnie Humphreys, Simon Field, Robert Connolly- panelists on the Sydney Film Festival main jury
Judy Davis
Judy Davis
Margaret Pomeranz & son Joshua
Margaret Pomeranz & son Joshua
Ursula Yovich
Ursula Yovich
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Ewen Leslie and partner
Jack and Billy Thompson
Jack and Billy Thompson
David Gulpilil
David Gulpilil
David Stratton
David Stratton
Lord Mayor Of Sydney Clover Moore
Lord Mayor Of Sydney Clover Moore
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Simon Baker & Bryan Brown
Leo & Anne Schofield
Josie Lacey & Walt Secord MP
Josie Lacey & Walt Secord MP
Damien Walshe-Howling and Hugo Weaving
Damien Walshe-Howling and Hugo Weaving
Dan MacPherson & Brooke Satchwell
Helen and Michael Caton
Helen and Michael Caton
Gillian Armstrong & Bruce Pleffer
Alex Greewich MP
Alex Greewich MP
Tasma Walton
Tasma Walton
John Jarrett
John Jarrett

David Stratton’s Great Britain Retro Film Festival @ Hayden Orpheum till 19th August

black-narcissus
Inset pic- A still from the 1947 film Black Narcissus. Featured pic- A still from The Tales Of Hoffman.

David Stratton is proud to announce the inaugural Great Britain Retro Film Festival – the first of its kind in Australia – of which he is curator and patron.

Nineteen classic British films, rarely seen on the big screen, will play in this two-week festival from August 6-19 in three premium cinemas in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Stratton says there are many highlights to be enjoyed in this festival, not least of which is the opportunity to see some of these classic films painstakingly digitally restored and presented for the first time in Australia, in the peerless 4K format. Continue reading David Stratton’s Great Britain Retro Film Festival @ Hayden Orpheum till 19th August

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival @ Palace Cinemas

Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, patrons of this year's Festival
Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, patrons of this year’s Festival

The 26th French Film Festival opens tonight in style at Palaces Verona and Norton Street cinemas with Anna Fontaine’s classy new film  GEMMA BOVARY  starring two of France’s finest actors, Gemma Atherton and Fabrice Luchini.  Fontaine’s film is an adaptation of Posy Simmond’s graphic novel and is a  fresh take on the classic Gustav Flaubert novel.

This year the Festival will screen some 49 movies. With so many films to choose from, and only so much time available, it helps to have some guidance as to what films to select.

In a great initiative, the Festival this year invited our two most famous film critics, David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz, to be patrons of the Festival and asked them to choose their picks from the Festival. This may go some way in helping you to make your choices. Continue reading Alliance Francaise French Film Festival @ Palace Cinemas

Sydney Film School Goes Global

Sydney Film School Graduation 2014 (Day 3), After Party, Chauvel Cinema, Paddingtion, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sydney Film School Graduation 2014 (Day 3), After Party, Chauvel Cinema, Paddingtion, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Sydney Film School has announced a new initiative for its 21st Sydney Film School Festival: for the first time, Sydney Film School festival films will be released online at the same moment they have their premiere screening in Sydney.

Broadening the reach of the Sydney-based film festival, the release will offer audiences worldwide the opportunity to view and share a carefully curated selection of eight outstanding short films from the 21st Sydney Film School Festival: from Thursday 11 December 7pm AEST until Thursday 18 December 7pm AEST only.

Founder and artistic director of Sydney Film School Ben Ferris said “The Sydney Film School community is spread around the world, so it makes sense to screen our films on an international platform. Continue reading Sydney Film School Goes Global