His favourite movie is Singing In The Rain.
In 1980 he wrote the book, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival.
In 1990, he wrote the book The Avocado Plantation: Boom And Bust In The Australian Film Industry.
He lectures in film history at the University of Sydney.
He was a member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1982.
He is a recipient of the Australian Film Institute's Raymond Longford Award.
He is a highly regarded expert on international cinema, particularly French cinema.
He has been a programming consultant to the London and Los Angeles Film Festivals.
David arrived in Australia in 1962, at the age of 23.
He attributes his passion for movies to World War II, when his grandmother would reguarly take him to the cinema.
He has had a 16-year association with The University of Sydney's Continuing Education program.
David was presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from The University of Sydney on Friday 9 June, 2006.
He has served as a former President of the International Critics Jury for the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals.
He is a former film critic for the international film industry magazine Variety.
He previously appeared on The Movie Show, the SBS version of his current show. Both David and Margaret Pomeranz co-hosted it from 1986 to 2004, until they both switched to the ABC.
He co-hosts the ABC movie review show, At The Movies.
He is a film critic for the newspaper The Australian.
David was a director of the Sydney Film Festival from 1966 to 1983.
David: (On Margaret Pomeranz) I thought she was bossy and pushy and really difficult.
David: (On Margaret Pomeranz) She's a very good television producer and she's wasted on this program.
David: (On the commencement of "At The Movies") We are excited about the new challenge on ABC TV.
David: Both Margaret and I are grateful for the opportunities that SBS and The Movie Show have given us and have great affection for the network. So our decision to leave SBS is not a step we have taken lightly.
David: I had been the film consultant to SBS from its inception and then presenter of Movie of the Week and Cinema Classics for over 22 years.