David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017) Sunday, 05 April 2020

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    A cinematic film.

  • Starring:

    David Stratton, Gillian Armstrong, Eric Bana, Bryan Brown, Russell Crowe, Judy Davis, Nicole Kidman, George Miller, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi, Warwick Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Michael Caton, Jack Thompson

  • Directed by:

    Sally Aitken

  • Running time:

    100 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)


    (Film excerpts). People are hanged, shot, slashed, sliced, punched, hit by vehicles, wrestled, hit with objects, run off the road, terrorised by bikers/skinheads, racially abused, beaten, slapped, kicked, grabbed, slammed up against wall. A couple jump off a cliff (murder/suicide). Animals are taunted. A kangaroo is hit by a car. Armed soldiers. Explosions. Burning vehicle, burning bush (arson), burning crops. Vehicle pursuits, car rammed, car crash, motorbike crashes. Objects thrown, shot. Images of Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, swastikas. Screaming. Blood/gore: Hanged/hanging man. Very bloody heads, faces, hands, knuckles, clothing, cuts, objects. Weapons protruding from heads/bodies. Exploding bodies, blood/gore spatter. Dead kangaroo. People in wheelchairs/on crutches.


    (Film excerpts.) Implied sex (aggressive), kissing (m-m/m-f), full male and female nudity, shirtless men, drag queens, cleavage, people in swimwear/dancewear. Martial affair mentioned.


    Drugs (snorting powder, tying belt around arm). Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, champagne). Smoking (cigarettes, cigar, pipe). Intoxication, petrol-sniffing. Smoking pot mentioned. Pub, nightclub settings.


    F-word, s-word, p*ss. Name-calling (terrible, mental, pervert, monkeys, ignorant, stupid, bastards, pompous windbag, b*tch, bozos, etc). Religious references exclamations (oh my god, goddamn, prayer, bible, etc).


    David Stratton, film criticism, Australian cinema, censorship, screen heroes, Picturegoer magazine, brothers, approval, collections, representation of Indigenous people.


    (Mostly film excerpts). Contains images and voices of Aboriginal persons who may be deceased. Dead wife and baby (murdered), dead baby (animal attack). Church, wedding, pub, nightclub, war settings. Marriage proposal. Helicopters. Horses, cattle, waterbirds, camels, kangaroo, ants, donkey, goats, dogs, crocodile, greyhounds. Steak, chicken, oysters eaten. Animal skins seen. Spitting. Brief subtitles.


    Poignant, moving.


    A little disjointed/overstuffed. Focuses more on the history of Australian cinema than David Stratton himself.

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