Where:153-11 University Avenue , Australian National University , Acton , 2601 , AU
ANU/CANBERRA TIMES MEET THE AUTHOR in association with the National FIlm and Sound Archive
David Stratton will be in conversation with Meg Labrum about David Stratton's new book, 101 Marvellous Movies You May Have Missed.
Avoid spending hours trawling Netflix for the perfect film to watch, and take the recommendation of one of the world's most experienced film critics as David Stratton introduces you to 101 movies that you probably haven't heard of, and tell you why they are worth seeing. David Stratton's selection of overlooked gems includes movies from such well-known directors as David Lynch, Ang Lee and Sidney Lumet. They star popular actors such as Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Sean Connery, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Newman, Emma Thompson and Jake Gyllenhaal. They include comedies, thrillers, westerns, musicals and romances, and were produced from the 1980s through to the past few years.
David Stratton AM is an award-winning film critic, film historian and lecturer, television personality and producer. He has served as President of the International Critics Jury for the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals, and was for 28 years co-host with Margaret Pomeranz of SBS's The Movie Show and ABC's At the Movies. A former critic for international film industry magazine Variety, he currently writes for The Australian. He is author of two books on film The Last New Wave and The Avocado Plantation, and a memoir I Peed on Fellini.
Meg Labrum is General Manager, Collections and Access at the National Film and Sound Archive and is a regular speaker at international film and archival forums and festivals.
Pre-event book signings will take place from 1pm and again after the talk, with copies available for purchase from Harry Hartog Bookshop in the Kambri Precinct. This event is free and open the public.
SPECIAL SCREENING AFTER THE IN CONVERSATION (paid event at 3pm)
The conversation and book signing will be followed by a showing of David Stratton: A Cinematic Life directed by Sally Aitken. This is a compelling personal journey with David, as he relates the fascinating development of our cinema history. 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.This is the glorious story of Australian cinema and its creators, told through the very particular gaze of a national treasure.