David Stratton's Stories of Australian Cinema

David Stratton's Stories of Australian Cinema

Series 1 - Episode 1



The film industry is teeming with Aussies, from directors Peter Weir, Baz Luhrmann and George Miller to stars Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and assorted Hemsworth brothers. In this 2017 series, Variety critic and former director of the Sydney film festival David Stratton provides an overview of how Australia developed its own cinematic style and was embraced by the world. The range is impressive, covering everything from schlocky “Ozploitation” films to the acclaimed art house hit Picnic at Hanging Rock.

The talking heads are a veritable who’s who of Australian cinema and they don’t all agree – Muriel’s Wedding director PJ Hogan is scathing about Crocodile Dundee, “I wanted the crocodile to eat him.”


The critic tells the story of Australian movie-making, focusing on the films that capture this idiosyncratic nation with drama, emotion and humour. This episode sees how Aussie film-makers gained the confidence to tell their own stories with the boldness of Picnic at Hanging Rock and Mad Max, the global success of Crocodile Dundee and Shine, the flamboyance of Strictly Ballroom and the raw authenticity of Samson and Delilah.

Cast & Crew

Director Sally Aitken