Centre for Continuing Education

David Stratton Film Course: Revolution in British Cinema 1959-1961

Film. Focus on cinema.

Appreciate and learn about film the smart way with Film courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

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.

Not to be outdone by their French and Italian colleagues, British Oilmmakers also went through a period of renewal and reinvigoration at the end of the 1950s and start of the 1960s. Film critics including Tony Richardson, Karel Reisz and Lindsay Anderson, as well as documentarists like John Schlesinger, made their Oirst feature Oilms in an explosion of new talent: Look Back in Anger , Saturday Night and Sunday Morning , A Kind of Loving , A Taste of Honey and many more introduced a new generation of British screen actors – Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Rita Tushingham, Alan Bates and others. Three features will be screened in full as well as many excerpts.

Intended Audience

This film course is suitable for both beginners and those wishing to improve their understanding of the history of films. The course is suitable for those who wish to explore the topic of British Cinema from 1959 to 1961.

Delivery Style

This film course will be delivered as a lecture, and will include the screening of three films, 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.

  • David Stratton, as always, delivered an informative and entertaining course, made all the more enjoyable by the addition of personal anecdotes related to key moments in film.