Cam­era turned on the critic

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - FILM with Ju­lian Wright

MOVIE ex­pert David Stratton gets “quite ner­vous” if he doesn’t get his reg­u­lar film fix.

Since re­tir­ing from At The Movies in 2014, which he co-hosted with reel ri­val Mar­garet Pomer­anz from 2004 (af­ter they faced off for 18 years on SBS’ The Movie Show), Stratton gets to be pick­ier with his choices but still tries to see at least one film per day.

“It’s an as­pi­ra­tion and it could be any­where: in the cinema, on DVD, a screener,” he said.

“I get quite ner­vous if I don’t see films fairly reg­u­larly.

“One of the good things about giv­ing up At The Movies was I don’t have to see a lot of the stuff that was re­ally start­ing to bug me, like so-called come­dies that think fart­ing and poo­ing is funny.

“That sort of thing re­ally de­pressed me and most of the su­per­hero films are the same.”

Known for decades as a re­li­able en­cy­clopae­dia of film knowl­edge and rec­om­men­da­tions, Stratton still gets stopped on the street for film feed­back, even in Perth, where he re­cently at­tended an early screen­ing of his doc­u­men­tary David Stratton: A Cin­e­matic Life.

Talk­ing about his doc­u­men­tary, which ex­plores his love for films, his child­hood and re­la­tion­ship with his dad, Stratton said he was un­aware it would re­veal so much about him­self that he didn’t even re­alise.

“I didn’t know it would be quite so emo­tional,” he said. “And the thing that re­ally came out of the film, what the di­rec­tor Sally Aitken re­ally brought out in a very skil­ful way, be­cause I was un­aware what she was do­ing, was the links be­tween my life and some of the films that I loved.

“She does this sev­eral times dur­ing the course of the film (and) it’s re­ally quite fas­ci­nat­ing to me that I never made those con­nec­tions be­fore.”

Af­ter a ca­reer span­ning three decades re­view­ing other peo­ple’s work, Stratton said he was pre­pared for this doc­u­men­tary to be re­viewed by oth­ers.

“You be­come in­volved in a film or you write a book and you have to be pre­pared for neg­a­tive crit­i­cism and that’s in­evitable,” he said.

“So far, touch wood, the two re­views that I have seen have been of the four-star va­ri­ety, which is nice, but I’m steel­ing my­self for the neg­a­tive ones. I’m sure it will come.

“I will read them.”

The an­swer to the biggest ques­tion on most peo­ple’s lips though, whether he and Pomer­anz will ever do an­other film review show to­gether, is short, sharp and de­fin­i­tive.

“No,” he said.

Pic­ture: Mark Roberts

David Stratton on the set of David Stratton: A Cin­e­matic Life.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.