Take a journey with David Stratton: A Cinematic Life – a documentary that fuses the critic’s surprisingly cinematic life with an Australian retrospective.

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.

We’re giving away 5 in-season double passes. Simply email your details to with the subject line STRATTON.

Stratton is paying a visit to Brisbane to host a post-film Q&A at Palace Centro on and a pre-film introduction at Graceville Cinemas, both on 27 February.

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life comes to Australian cinemas nationally from 9 March.