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David Stratton Film Course: Frank Sinatra in Focus

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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.

This film course led by David Stratton will focus on the life of Frank Sinatra. The most popular singer of his time, Frank Sinatra appeared in a number of successful screen musicals, three with Gene Kelly, before he evolved into a dynamic screen actor with his Oscar-winning supporting performance in From Here to Eternity. He followed this revelation with powerful roles in films such as Suddenly, The Man with the Golden Arm, Not as a Stranger, Johnny Concho, The Joker is Wild, Some Came Running, The Manchurian Candidate, Tony Rome, The Detective – as well as musicals such as Guys and Dolls, Pal Joey and High Society. We will explore the career of this remarkable but at times controversial entertainer, and screen three of his films in full as well as excerpts from many others.

Intended Audience

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their understanding of the history of films. It is also suitable for anyone wishing to explore the life of Frank Sinatra.

Delivery Style

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


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • It’s a brilliant course thanks to the presenter who is incredibly informed and passionate about film.

  • The presenter continues to provide fascinating and interestingly varied topics.