Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Future Film Critics: Call for Applications

David Stratton
David Stratton; Image courtesy of ABC TV
Coinciding with the exhibition Margaret and David: 25 Years Talking Movies, on Wednesday 17 August the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will host Future Film Critics, an opportunity for five young cinephiles to meet with David Stratton - co-host of ABC Television's At The Movies - to discuss the art of film criticism.

ACMI's Future Film Critics opportunity is open to applicants aged between 13 and 20 years of age, as of 1 June 2011. Applications must come in the form of a 50 words or less review of the applicant's favourite film, along with their date of birth and a photograph of them in 'film critic' mode. Applications will only be accepted via email until Monday 8 August, with successful applicants notified by Friday 12 August.

ACMI Screen Events Manager, Helen Simondson, says that applicants should demonstrate their serious passion for film through their review.

"This will be a wonderful opportunity for any young passionate film enthusiast to show their skills in the art of film review. If selected, they'll share an hour with David to hear behind the scenes stories, ask questions of the master, and find out what it really takes to review the volume of films a professional critic must cover. It is really a once in a lifetime chance for any budding cinephile."
The successful applicants will be chosen by David, and will go on to meet with him at ACMI where he will share - over afternoon tea - his experience and advice, providing insight into the art of film criticism for the next generation of film reviewers. 

Since arriving in Australia from England, David Stratton has earned a formidable reputation as a connoisseur and champion of cinema. A former Director of the Sydney Film Festival and Variety film critic, David has been President of the International Critics Jury at the Cannes and Venice film festivals, has written two books and currently lectures in Film History at the University of Sydney.

The exhibition Margaret and David: 25 Years Talking Movies (17 August - 4 December 2011) will feature iconic reviews, interviews and discussions from ABC Television's beloved film critics Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, who celebrate 25 years on Australian television this year, and highlight the duo's ongoing advocacy of the Australian film industry, support for art-house and foreign film, anti-censorship campaigns, and their substantial contribution to the field of film criticism.

Alongside archival and never-before-seen footage will be a selection of Margaret and David's personal treasures, including Margaret's coveted earrings (there's a Facebook page dedicated to them!), David's ASIO file, and photos with some of the biggest stars of the silver screen. Visitors will also have the opportunity to play film critic via a 'green screen' interactive enabling them to review one of three iconic films - Avatar, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Casablanca - with Margaret or David acting as their co-host.

Exhibition created in collaboration with Margaret Pomeranz, David Stratton and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and with the support of SBS.

Future Film Critics takes place on Wednesday 17 August at ACMI in Melbourne. Full details of the Future Film Critics opportunity are available via www.acmi.net.au/intermix.aspx, with applications closing Monday 8 August. Margaret and David: 25 Years Talking Movies is exhibited in Gallery 2 at ACMI from 17 August until 4 December 2011. Entry to the exhibition is free. For further information please visit acmi.net.au. At the Movies screens on Wednesday nights at 10pm on ABC1.

Further information

Frances Mariani
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2475 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 655
[email] frances.mariani@acmi.net.au  
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