Great Britain Retro Film Festival Curated by David Stratton.

Great Britain Retro Film Festival Curated by David Stratton.

A couple of weeks ago a mysterious event appeared on the Luna Palace Cinemas website. Retired film critic, David Stratton, was going to curate a series of British films to be screened around the country. There was little amount of details as to what these films were, but given that David Stratton was the one selecting them, well, they were going to be good regardless.

Well, the list is finally here, and it’s pretty stunning:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
A Room with a View (1986)
Black Narcissus (1947)
Brassed Off (1996)
Brief Encounter (1945)
Don’t Look Now (1973)
Gosford Park (2001)
Great Expectations (1946)
I Know Where I’m Going! (1945)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Peeping Tom (1960)
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
The 39 Steps (1935)
The Red Shoes (1948)
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
The Third Man (1949)

As I said, it’s pretty stunning. A few other notable points about some of the films being screened:

• Australian premiere screenings of The Tales of Hoffmann (1951), the 4K digitally restored Powell/Pressburger classic featuring six minutes of never-before-seen footage, preceded by a 3-minute filmed introduction by Martin Scorsese who was instrumental in the restoration.

• Australian premiere screenings of The Third Man (1949), the 4K digitally restored Carol Reed masterpiece, for which Australian Robert Krasker won an Oscar® for his black and white cinematography. It was voted the greatest British film of all time by a British Film Institute poll.

• The 4K Director’s Final Cut of Lawrence of Arabia (1962), digitally restored by David Lean. Stratton says, “If ever a film demanded to be seen on a big screen, it’s Lean’s epic about the extraordinary career of T.E. Lawrence.”

• Stanley Kubrick’s digitally restored 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), which Stratton rates as  “still the most visionary and challenging science fiction movie ever produced.”

• Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now,  named best British film ever in Time Out’s 100 Best British Films list in 2011 by a panel including Sam Mendes, Wes Anderson and Sally Hawkins. Stratton highlights the film’s ‘complex and consummate’ editing style by Australian Graeme Clifford.

Whether all of these will be shown at the Windsor Cinema here in WA or not is yet to be seen, but hopefully the announcement of what will be shown will hit soon. Bernadette and myself saw David Stratton many years ago present a couple of days on the history of films, and hearing him talk then when wonderful.

My personal picks will be to see Don’t Look NowThe Third ManBrief Encounter and Peeping Tom on the big screen. Of course, it goes without saying that 2001: A Space OdysseyLawrence of Arabia and The Red Shoes are also films that demand the big screen viewing.

Andrew has been a film lover all of his life. For a while now he's been talking about how great films are and usually that's been directly to his wife, Bernadette. Now with AB Film Review everyone else in the world can listen to what Andrew has to say to his wife. Bernadette grew up renting videos from a Plains Video. She mostly hired out Cry Baby and wore the tape thin learning the lines to the John Waters classic. After a series of arguments in the car ride home with her husband, Andrew, the two decided to record their arguments and launch them into the world for everyone to listen to.