David Stratton’s Stories Of Australian Cinema
Tuesday, abc, 8.30pm
This love letter to Australian cinema – and a fascinatingly honest expose of one of Australia’s greatest film critics – concludes with a look at families. David Stratton neatly ties up his engaging three-part special unearthing how Aussie cinema has depicted and explored the idea of family. From The Castle’s (1997) nuclear family, to the family of faith in The Devil’s Playground
(1976), Romper Stomper’s
(1992) neo-Nazis, the immigrants in Head On (1998) and crime families in Ned Kelly
(2003) and Animal Kingdom
(2010), it’s a fantastic ending to a humorous and affectionate special.