Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture 2017

David Stratton in conversation with actor and director David Wenham

The Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture is a free public event presented every year, commemorating the contribution of the man who helped establish Sydney Film Festival in 1954, and served on the Festival Board until 1977.

David Stratton, former director of the Sydney Film Festival (1966 – 1983), film critic and author, is in conversation with one of Australia’s most respected actors, David Wenham.

David Wenham is the Marrickville-born star whose charismatic acting style has defined his diverse 30-year career in film and TV. After graduating from the Theatre Nepean at the University of Western Sydney in the late '80s, Wenham started his career on the stages of The Rocks, Griffin and Belvoir St Theatre companies. He’s since performed in more than 20 Australian theatre productions, including The Boys in 1991 (later adapted for the screen) and a Belvoir production of Hamlet in 1994 alongside Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush.

Wenham gained significant attention for his 1998 screen breakthrough in The Boys (restored, SFF 2016) and SeaChange, and found international success as Faramir in Peter Jackson’s critically acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy. He has received 12 AFI/AACTA nominations including three wins. Among his best known works are Gettin’ Square, The Proposition, Top of the Lake, Moulin Rouge! and Lion. In 2013 he moved behind the camera, making his directorial debut as a part of the epic The Turning, and his latest directorial outing Ellipsis will premiere at Sydney Film Festival 2017.

The Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture is a free public event presented every year, commemorating the contribution of the man who helped establish Sydney Film Festival in 1954, and served on the Festival Board until 1977.

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The Festival's retrospective strand Essential Kurosawa features 10 classics programmed by David Stratton. Read more, and book here.

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