David Stratton

David Stratton
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Biography:
David Stratton is a former Director of the Sydney Film Festival, former film critic for the international film industry magazine Variety, and is currently film critic for The Australian. A recipient of the Australian Film Institute's Raymond Longford Award, David has also served as a former President of the International Critics Jury for the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals, authored two books, and is currently lecturing in Film History as part of the Continuing Education Program at the University of Sydney. David says, "I had been the film consultant to SBS from its inception and then presenter of both the Movie of the Week and Cinema Classics for over 22 years. Both Margaret and I are grateful for the opportunities that SBS and The Movie Show have given us and have great affection for the network. So our decision to leave SBS is not a step we have taken lightly. But we are excited about the new challenge on ABC TV."
Location: Sydney, Australia

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/5 79% Synchronic (2020) Mackie and Dornan do their best with their intrepid characters (though Dornan is sidelined for much of the time), while the women have little opportunity to register as interesting characters. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3.5/5 63% Blackbird (2020) The title of the film remains unexplained, but it apparently has nothing to do with the Beatles song or the handful of other films with the same name. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3.5/5 100% The People Upstairs (2020) This witty and caustic film may be confined in terms of setting and scope (it unfolds in real time) but it's fun nonetheless, not least because of the delicious performances from the four actors. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
4/5 98% Minari (2020) Though the pacing is leisurely, the delightful natural performances and closely observed details are a constant source of delight. Chung doesn't manipulate his audience, but the depth of feeling on display here will touch many a viewer. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/5 92% Days of the Bagnold Summer (2021) Simon Tindall's strikingly dramatic widescreen photography is extremely impressive, but it's the performances, and the truths inherent in the drama, that linger in the mind. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/5 100% The Truffle Hunters (2020) See this wonderful-looking documentary on a big cinema screen if you possibly can. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/5 98% Assassins (2020) This is an extraordinary story and the thorough manner in which White has assembled the material brings one of the most unusual political assassinations ever carried out vividly to life. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
2.5/5 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) I found it unsatisfying on a great many levels, despite the excellent performances of the four actors who play the teachers. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
3.5/5 67% Occupation: Rainfall (2020) On a purely technical level it delivers the goods pretty effectively; there are enough explosions and flying bodies to pass muster. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
3.5/5 100% Dawn Raid (2021) Oscar Kightley's affectionate portrait of Brother D, Andy and their friends is enjoyable even if you're not into the music. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 96% Only the Animals (Seules les bêtes) (2019) Moll's direction is assured and the excellent cast does justice to the intricately devised characters. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 67% Penguin Bloom (2021) Penguin Bloom is more than just a sentimental tale of disability and the cute antics of a cheeky bird; it's that rarity - a grown-up family film that older kids should enjoy as much as their parents. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 73% My Salinger Year (2020) All of this comes across strongly in the film, but on one occasion Falardeau takes a really bold step into fantasy... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
3.5/5 68% Ammonite (2020) ...acted with frank sensuality by Winslet and Ronan... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
1.5/5 77% Summerland (2020) The child actors - Bond and Dixie Egerickx who plays a schoolfriend - are the most convincing elements of this woefully unconvincing romantic drama. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
3.5/5 76% Pieces of a Woman (2020) The film is very well acted and well, if somewhat painstakingly, directed... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
4.5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) More than most road movies, this is a series of brief encounters, of short, intense friendships and sad farewells. As Wells says, "I'll see you down the road." - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
4/5 100% The Dry (2021) If you enjoyed Harper's book, you'll be very pleased with this faithful, gripping screen adaptation. If you haven't read the book, Connolly's film can be warmly recommended... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
4/5 96% Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan (2020) In Temple's hands it's more than a rock musical; it's a portrait of a flawed, confronting artist and ardent Irish patriot. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
4/5 99% The Father (2021) A very inventive and accomplished debut for Zeller: an awesomely difficult subject beautifully, movingly brought to the cinema screen. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
68% The Flood (2019) Flood is in many ways spectacular, but it's also very bitter in its depiction of the injustice and violence meted out to Indigenous Australians in the not-too-distant past... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
4/5 93% The Furnace (2020) If the film has a flaw it's that it doesn't quite reach the satisfying climax it promises; it's beautiful, even powerful, but rather bleak. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
3.5/5 49% The Witches (2020) With Stanley Tucci very amusing as the hotel manager and Spencer giving a wonderfully warm performance, the film is never less than engaging. The visual effects, some of them created in Melbourne, are excellent... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
13% Howard the Duck (1986) There are a few good jokes along the way, but the final effect is that we've been here rather too many times before. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet How Do You Know Chris? (2020) It's uniformly well acted, and Mark Morris's cinematography is good. But eventually it runs out of steam. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
3.5/5 32% 2067 (2020) It all looks great, with outstanding photography by Earle Dresner. But 2067 gets bogged down with the sort of time-shifting debate beloved of many sci-fi buffs. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
4/5 85% Misbehaviour (2020) Misbehaviour tackles some serious themes, but it does so in a thoroughly entertaining fashion. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
1/5 45% Fatman (2020) Fatman is one of the weirdest movies you will ever see... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 84% Pinocchio (2020) Garrone's version, though a touch on the lengthy side, is a handsome, inventive and extremely satisfying version of the famous story. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie's Dead Aunt) (2020) ...a generous and engaging movie. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
2.5/5 62% Radioactive (2020) ...the strangely gloomy approach, and Pike's withdrawn performance, are rather alienating. Garson's Mme Curie might have been less accurate, but she was a more engaging character. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
4.5/5 100% A Lion Returns (2020) [It] grabs you from the opening scene and never lets go. Caradee's screenplay is spare and concise, the photography by Simon Koloadin is first-rate and the editing, by Devyn Heusmann, Sabin Gnawali and the director, is constantly impressive... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Brazen Hussies (2020) "We can change the world - because we have," they said. They certainly did, and aren't we all the better for it? This terrific documentary is a celebration of those achievements. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/5 92% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) It's an independent film with a difference, but not as emotionally engaging as you'd really like it to be. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
3.5/5 89% Sputnik (2020) As the scientist who becomes attracted to her patient, Akinshina gives a strong performance... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
4/5 87% On The Rocks (2020) On the Rocks is filled with beautifully scripted scenes such as this: Coppola successfully explores the small ways in which doubts and worries seep into Laura's life. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
3.5/5 70% Tenet (2020) Maybe it will take repeated viewings to fully appreciate Nolan's achievement here; certainly he deserves praise for his attempts to reinvent a pretty tired genre. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
3.5/5 71% Lowdown Dirty Criminals (2020) Part of the film's pleasure is to be found in the amusingly gormless conversations (thanks to screenwriter David Brechin-Smith) in which they engage. Lowdown Dirty Criminals is rude and crude - and quite disarming. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
4.5/5 88% Les Misérables (2020) Les Miserables boasts a cast of mostly unknown actors all of whom are excellent. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
84% Waves (2019) All the performances are excellent and perfectly pitched between reality and melodrama. And visually the film follows the same pattern: very creatively photographed by Drew Daniels, it also succeeds in being both "real" and heightened... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
4.5/5 88% The Boys (1998) Sewell and Woods also know exactly how much to show - and what not to show - for maximum dramatic effect. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
3.5/5 100% Bellbird (2019) Bellbird isn't a very eventful film, but it's wise and warm, and often quite beautiful. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
4/5 95% It Must Be Heaven (2019) Suleiman's whimsical brand of observational comedy has been compared to that of the French master, Jacques Tati, and there are certainly similarities, though the Palestinian is even more minimalistic. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
96% La Dolce Vita (1960) [La Dolce Vita] propelled Fellini into the front rank of international directors. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
100% I Vitelloni (1953) Some of Fellini's finest work and can be warmly recommended. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
No Score Yet The Fastest Gun Alive (1956) The Fastest Gun Alive was a pretty average black-and-white western of the period and it concludes with what must be one of the most feeble gunfights in cinema. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
40% Emmanuelle (1974) I can't say I found the film boring, not for one moment. - Cinema Papers EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
86% Beneath Hill 60 (2010) ...the production design by Clayton Jauncey is particularly impressive with the dank, dripping trenches seeming to echo the futility of it all. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
71% The Lighthorsemen (1987) This time the sequence lasted 14 minutes and is even more breathtaking. Every element of this sequence - the horsemanship, the photography by Dean Semler, the editing by Adrian Carr - is praiseworthy... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
No Score Yet 40,000 Horsemen (1941) Chauvel was a pioneering filmmaker in this country long before any government support was made available to a film industry struggling in the face of the Hollywood juggernaut. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020