Centre for Continuing Education

David Stratton Film Course: The Films of James Stewart

Film. Focus on cinema.

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 James Stewart. One of the most versatile actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, James Stewart excelled in comedies such as Vivacious Lady, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Westerns The Man from Lamarie, Winchester 73, the drama Anatomy of a Murder, as well as thrillers including Rear Window, Vertigo. He worked for the finest directors (Hitchcock, Ford, Preminger, Capra) and excelled in everything he did. But beneath his charming exterior, there was an edginess that really came to the fore after World War II, during which he saw action as a bomber pilot. We will examine Stewart’s illustrious career, 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. Also suitable for those wishing to explore the life of James Stewart.

Delivery style

Delivered as a lecture which includes the screening of three feature films starring James Stewart, along with excerpts from many others.


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