Centre for Continuing Education

David Stratton Film Course: Alfred Hitchcock - The Last 25 Years

Film. Focus on cinema.

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David Stratton
David Stratton was the director of the Sydney Film Festival from 1966-1983. He contributes film reviews to The Australian, and is the author of two books on Australian cinema: The Last New Wave and The Avocado Plantation. From 1981-2004 he presented films on SBS Television and was, with Margaret Pomeranz, co-host of The Movie Show from 1986-2004. In July 2004, Margaret and David moved to ABC television with their show, At The Movies, which aired until 2014.

By the late 1940s, many critics were writing off Alfred Hitchcock, claiming that his American films were less successful than those he had made in Britain in the 20s and 30s. But the best was yet to come, and a series of outstanding and characteristically brilliant thrillers were produced between 1950 and 1976, when ‘Hitch’ made his last film. Films made during this period include Rear Window, Vertigo, The Wrong Man, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie among many others. We will explore this period of Hitchcock’s career and screen three features in full, in addition to clips and some examples of his concurrent work for television.

Intended audience

Suitable for both beginners and those wishing to improve their understanding of the history of films. It is also suitable for those wanting to explore Alfred Hitchcock, and in particular, his last 25 years.

Delivery style

This course is delivered as a lecture and includes the screening of three feature films, along with excerpts from many others.


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  • Central locations
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

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