Aah, Margaret and David.
For many Australian film lovers, these two little names carry a whole lot of weight. They conjure up memories of heated debates, squealing laughter, a delicious clash of personalities. They speak of a decades-long professional relationship between two of Australia’s most respected film critics, Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton — that fantastically idiosyncratic pair who currently preside over the TV show ‘At the Movies‘ on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation channel).
I can’t remember a time before Margaret and David. The first incarnation of ‘At the Movies’ was an SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) program called ‘The Movie Show’, which the duo founded back in 1986. In 2004, they decided to move to the ABC, where their show was given a slight facelift, although the format has remained essentially the same: Each week Margaret and David review upcoming film releases, occasionally including interviews with filmmakers and actors. These days, they also review one classic film every week — a great addition for anyone interested in the history and evolution of film.
Apart from offering their opinions (informed by an encyclopedic knowledge of cinema) to audiences across the country, Margaret and David are big supporters of the local film industry and Margaret in particular has been a vocal anti-cencorship campaigner. David writes film reviews for The Australian newspaper and is currently lecturing in Film History at The University of Sydney.
You can catch ‘At The Movies’ on Wednesdays at 10pm on ABC1, or the repeat of the show on Sundays at 6pm. Alternately, head over to iView to check out the program online.
To finish up, here’s a little clip from the 25th anniversary show featuring Australian actors Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush: