I wrote about David Stratton because he was born in Trowbridge and is now a famous Australian film critic and TV presenter.
David Stratton was born on 10th September 1939 in Trowbridge. He is an English-Australian film critic and a TV celebrity. He is currently presenting At the Movies on ABC with Margaret Pomeranz. When he was a child he was sent to Hampshire to live with his grandmother during the war, where he was taken to the local cinema regularly. In Bath he saw his first foreign film which was Bread, Love and Dreams. He founded the Melksham and District Film Society at the age of 19 which I don’t think is still running.
David arrived in Australia in 1963 and directed the Sydney Film Festival from 1966 until 1983. He is a highly regarded expert on International Cinema – especially French. He was the President of FIPRESCI Juries in Cannes twice and in Venice once. He started working for SBS from 1980. From 2005 he started presenting At the Movies.
David Stratton’s Awards:
The Centenary Award
Croix de Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Australia Film Institute’s Longford Life Achievement Award
He received an Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Sydney
He was awarded the 60th Anniversary Medal by Festival du Film de Cannes
He received The Chauvel Award by the Brisbane International Film Festival
I think David is a very interesting man. He obviously loves films and I hope he receives lots more awards for his dedication to movies.
Famous Australian David Stratton is from Trowbridge