Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Margaret and David: Public Programs

Margaret and David
Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton

Coinciding with the exhibition Margaret and David: 25 Years Talking Movies (17 Aug - 4 Dec 2011), Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, ABC Television's beloved film critics, will take part in a series of special public programs presented by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).  

On Monday 15 August, Margaret will play the role of castaway as she takes part in ACMI's popular Desert Island Flicks program, where she'll reveal her most cherished five star films, and offer her personal stories and insights into these works. 

A formidable presence on the small screen, Margaret has helped shape the way Australian audiences think about cinema. With David a guest of Desert Island Flicks in 2010, this year it's Margaret's turn to reveal her Top 5 films. The event will be hosted by leading Screen Studies academic Deb Verhoeven.

On Wednesday 17 August, David will be a guest of Reviewing the Australian New Wave, appearing in conversation with critically acclaimed filmmakers Jan Chapman, Phillip Noyce (via Skype) and Matt Caroll, as they revisit the Renaissance period of Australian cinema in the 1970s.

From Picnic at Hanging Rock to Don's Party, Mad Max to My Brilliant Career, the Australian New Wave represented the most fertile and successful chapter in Australia's film history to date. David and his esteemed guests will discuss the work made during this time and the broader political and social climate, exploring the impact of film festivals and film schools on an industry that had lost its way.

On Wednesday 17 August, David will also host Future Film Critics, providing five young cinephiles the opportunity to meet with him to discuss the art of film criticism. Entry to this event is via application only.

Curated by ACMI, Margaret and David: 25 Years Talking Movies will feature iconic reviews, interviews and discussions from Margaret and David's 25 years on Australian television 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.

The hosts of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) At the Movies since July 2004, Margaret and David's on-screen partnership commenced in 1986 when they founded The Movie Show on the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).

Margaret Pomeranz began her career as a stringer for The Bulletin and ABC Rural Radio. A skilled writer across television, film and radio, she joined SBS shortly after its commencement in 1980. Here she worked as an Executive Producer for programs including Front Up, Subsonics, the AFI Awards and the IF Awards. She is currently the Vice-President (and former President) of Watch on Censorship and a board member of the Australian Writers' Foundation.

David Stratton was the director of the Sydney Film Festival from 1966-1983. In 2001, he was awarded the Australian Film Institute's Raymond Longford Award for services to the film industry. He is a former President of the International Critics Jury for the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals, and has worked as a film reviewer for Variety magazine. He currently teaches film history at the University of Sydney and reviews film for The Australian.

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

Desert Island Flicks - Castaway with Margaret Pomeranz will be held Monday 15 August at ACMI in Melbourne, while Reviewing the Australian New Wave and Future Film Critics with David Stratton will be held on Wednesday 17 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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