David Stratton and George Miller had a wide-ranging chat at the Chauvel last night as guests of the French Film Festival, of which both are patrons.
Miller described growing up in Chinchilla, where he fell in love with movies during the saturday matinees at the local cinema, which was his "secular cathedral".
He also praised Stratton's tenure at the Sydney Film Festival and its influence on a generation of Australian filmmakers..
Miller's short, Violence in the Cinema, Part 1, played at the festival in 1971, as part of the Benson and Hedges awards.
The cigarette manufacturer was the only company willing to sponsor a festival for Australian shorts, joked Stratton, who also queried the title of Miller's short - "there was never a part two".
Violence in the Cinema starred Arthur Dignam, and was programmed before a film by Vittoria de Sica. Miller recalled his