ABC TV’s more comprehensive three part series David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema, will premiere on ABC-TV over three nights in June – Tuesday 6th, 13th and 20th June at 8.30pm.
Revered critic David Stratton tells the glorious story of Australian cinema, focusing in on the films that capture the nation’s true nature with such candour, emotion and humour that they still knock us for a six. David is superbly qualified for this task. While he adapted to a new country and turned his passion for cinema into a profession as a film festival director and film critic, a growing band of courageous Australians turned their enthusiasm for storytelling into an extraordinary body of work.
“A nation found its identity through cinema and so did I; this is my journey through the movies that made our nation,” he says.
Those movies are wildly diverse but strong themes echo throughout the body of work.
ABC Head of TV Arts Mandy Chang said “ABC Arts is truly delighted that the feature version of our three part series, David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema – which was originally commissioned by the ABC – has been chosen to screen at Cannes in 2017 as part of the Cannes Classic section of this prestigious and internationally recognised festival. We are especially thrilled by the selection of the film as the idea for the series originated from within ABC Arts and is a testament to our longstanding relationship with David (Stratton). The series and the feature also strongly reflects our enduring relationship with the Adelaide Film Festival and with Amanda Duthie. It was also supported by Screen Australia and Screen NSW. Both the film and the series is the result of an epic team effort and we are all extremely proud of the honour that Cannes has bestowed upon it.”
In conjunction with David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema , the ABC will be CELEBRATING AUSTRALIAN CINEMA with a host of Australian films streaming on iview from June 1. The iview season will include – extras, extended interviews and archival material.
The films include: Walkabout, They’re a Weird Mob, My Brilliant Career, Newsfront, Careful He Might Hear You, Lantana and Wake in Fright…And all will be introduced by David Stratton.