Centre for Continuing Education

David Stratton Film Course: Justice in The Cinema (Part 1)

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.

The cinema has produced many important films on the theme of Justice, and during this course we will explore and compare some of the best of them.

This session, the first of a two-part presentation, will concentrate on non-American films that explore the theme. Given that in many European countries criminal trials are not conducted in the presence of a Jury, interesting comparisons can be made. Three feature films will be screened and there will also be many courtroom sequences taken from films made in several different countries, including the UK, France, Australia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Russia.

Among the films likely to be discussed: from Britain: Madeleine (1950), In the Name of the Father (1993), A Matter of Life and Death (1945), Brothers in Law (1956), 10 Rillington Place (1970), from France: La Verite (1960), Justice est Fait (1950), Lebanon: the insult (2017), from Australia: Blood Oath (1990), The Castle (1997), Sweet Country (2017) – and many others.

Part 2 of this topic will be held in early 2019.

Intended audience

Suitable for beginners and those interested in exploring the topic of Justice in films.

Delivery style

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


Handouts will be provided in class.


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What others say.

  • David Stratton has so much knowledge and passion for films, his courses are a treat.
  • Another fascinating course with David Stratton, lovingly curated to include films that move, inspire and entertain. And best of all are the rare, beautiful gems of films that David goes to great lengths to secure for us. Thank you David for a wonderful day in the dark!
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