ACMI Opens Margaret and David: 25 years talking movies

    Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) Director Tony Sweeney last night opened Margaret and David: 25 Years Talking Movies, an exhibition celebrating the 25 year on screen partnership of Australia’s most respected film critics, Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton.

    “Margaret and David have one of the most enduring partnerships in Australian television and ACMI is thrilled to celebrate this career milestone with an exhibition showcasing their extensive contribution to the field of film criticism,” said Tony.

    Margaret and David were both in attendance for the opening. “The amazing ACMI exhibition is a nostalgic and funny journey back through 25 years – the wonderful filmmakers we’ve met, the films we’ve reviewed, the memorabilia and the bad hairdos! We’ve discovered things about each other we never knew before!” Margaret said.

    Curated by ACMI, the exhibition was created in collaboration with Margaret and David and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) with the support of the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).

    Featuring iconic reviews, interviews and discussions from Margaret and David’s 25 years on Australian television, the exhibition highlights the duo’s ongoing advocacy of the Australian film industry, support for art-house and foreign film, and anti-censorship campaigns.

    Alongside archival and never-before-seen footage is a selection of Margaret and David’s personal treasures, including Margaret’s coveted earrings, David’s ASIO file, and photos with some of the biggest stars of the silver screen. Visitors 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 ABC’s At the Movies since July 2004, Margaret and David’s on-screen partnership commenced in 1986 when they founded The Movie Show on SBS.

    A series of public programs have also been scheduled to coincide with the exhibition.

    Today David will discuss the art of film criticism with 10 young cinephiles ranging in age from 13 to 20, and offer them invaluable insight into his craft.

    Later this evening, David also hosts Reviewing the Australian New Wave, a panel discussion on the golden era of Australian filmmaking in the 1970s, where he’ll be joined by filmmakers Jan Chapman, Phillip Noyce (via Skype), Paul Cox and Matt Carroll.

    On Monday 15 August, Margaret was the special guest of Desert Island Flicks where she revealed the Top 5 films she would take with her if banished to a desert island. Her selections were Robert Altman’s Nashville (1975), Pedro Almodóvar’s The Flower of My Secret (1995), George Cukor’s The Women (1939), Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia (1999), and Jane Campion’s In the Cut (2003).

    Margaret and David: 25 Years Talking Movies is exhibited in Gallery 2 at ACMI until 4 December 2011. Entry is free. For further information visit At the Movies screens on Wednesday nights at 10pm on ABC1.