Thursday, 2 June 2011
Margaret and David: 25 Years Talking Movies
From 17 August, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) presents the world premiere of Margaret and David: 25 Years Talking Movies, an exhibition celebrating the 25 year on-screen partnership of Australia's most loved and respected film critics, Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton.
Margaret and David: 25 years talking movies
The ACMI-curated exhibition 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 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). Their passion for film, witty banter and mutual respect for one another has created a unique television partnership and generated a loyal following Australia-wide.
Coinciding with the exhibition's opening, Margaret and David will take part in a series of special public programs at ACMI. Further details about these events will be announced soon.
"It's amazing how quickly a quarter of a century passes when you're having fun," says Margaret. "How lucky we are that Australian audiences have stayed so loyal for so long. It's a real honour for a wonderful arts centre like ACMI to celebrate our 25 years in this way."
"Twenty-five years of arguing with Margaret - no wonder my beard has turned white," says David. "Seriously, we're happy to have flourished for so long and we're grateful to our audiences and to ACMI for its support."
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.
Margaret and David: 25 Years Talking Movies is exhibited in Gallery 2 at ACMI in Melbourne from 17 August, 2011. Entry is free. For further information please visit acmi.net.au
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