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David and Margaret reunite to talk the best (and worst) Aussie movies of 2016


David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz travelled to the Gold Coast late last year to pick up a special award from the Australian International Movie Convention, recognising their contribution to the Australian film industry..Before picking up their gongs, the pair spoke to If about life after 'At The Movies', the recent Aussie films liked (and those they haven.t) and the 'Wake in Fright' remake.


What are you doing on the Gold Coast?


D: here because getting an award. Which is sort of nice. I always remember at the Berlin Film Festival many years ago — maybe I should say this tonight — where they gave a lifetime achievement award to Billy Wilder. Wilder came on stage and said: .the problem is that a lifetime achievement award is like hemorrhoids — every old asshole gets one in the end..

M: I don.t
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David Stratton documentary to offer a star-studded portrait of a very private man

The influential champion of Australian film is getting his own: a documentary tracking his career in cinema, with a little help from some friends

From Nicole Kidman to Hugo Weaving, a who’s who of Australian cinema has assembled to pay tribute to the Australian film critic David Stratton in a new documentary out this March – David Stratton: A Cinematic Life.

George Miller, Gillian Armstrong, Geoffrey Rush, Eric Bana and Jacki Weaver all appear in the film to celebrate the critic’s long and revered career. After more than 50 years in the industry, Stratton is best known in Australia for cohosting the long-running film shows The Movie Show and At The Movies with Margaret Pomeranz but, as the film’s producer, Jo-Anne McGowan, explained to Guardian Australia, his impact reaches far beyond local audiences.

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David Stratton: A Cinematic Life trailer – video

Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, George Miller, Gillian Armstrong and Geoffrey Rush pay tribute to the Australian cinephile and critic in a new documentary out in March, David Stratton: A Cinematic Life. Directed by Sally Aitken, the documentary tracks Stratton’s love of films from his first cinema experience as a boy living in Melksham, England, to his time running the Sydney film festival and cohosting The Movie Show and At the Movies with Margaret Pomeranz.

David Stratton documentary to offer a star-studded portrait of a very private man

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Fenella Kernebone appointed Head of Curation for TEDxSydney

TEDxSydney 2016.

Fenella Kernebone has joined TEDxSydney as Head of Curation for the annual ideas event.

Kernebone will lead and manage a curatorial team of over 20 voluntary curators and producers.

The one-time host of The Movie Show on Sbs, Kernebone has has also hosted Radio National.s By Design, The Sound Lab on Triple J and Art Nation on ABC TV..

In 2015, she presented a five part series for ABC online entitled Design Shots, which focused on Australian designers.

TEDxSydney Founder and Licensee Remo Giuffré said: really thrilled to have Fenella join us as Head of Curation. She has been involved with TEDxSydney since 2014 as our livestream host on event day, and has always been a delight to work with. Fenella.s collaborative approach and knowledge of the design world are enormous assets for us and excited to see how she shapes not only the main stage,
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Critics salute Charlie's Country, The Water Diviner

Charlie.s Country was named best film and Rolf de Heer best director at the 2014 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards presented on Tuesday night.

The Water Diviner scored five gongs, for best actor Russell Crowe, supporting actors Yilmaz Erdoğan and Jacqueline McKenzie and David Hirschfelder.s score. The Babadook nabbed three awards, for Jennifer Kent.s screenplay, Noah Wiseman for best performance by a young actor and Simon Njoo.s editing, shared with Predestination.s Matt Villa. Sarah Snook was named best actress for Predestination and the prize for best cinematography went to Mandy Walker for Tracks.

Best documentary was Nick Torrens. China.s 3 Dreams, which follows the attempts of Zhang Lei, a troubled young café owner and single mother in Chongqing, central China, to unravel her family.s traumatic history, contrasted with another Chongqing couple as they struggle to buy an apartment on minimal wages.

The awards were
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The Water Diviner leads Oz critics awards contenders

Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner is in the running for nine awards from the Film Critics Circle of Australia.

The Babadook and Predestination each scored eight nominations for the awards which will be presented on Tuesday 10 March in Sydney.

There are five nominations apiece for Charlie.s Country, Felony, The Rover and Tracks. Some 12 films released in calendar 2014 got nods.

Up for best film are The Babadook (producers Kristina Ceyton and Kristian Moliere), Charlie.s Country (Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr and Nils Erik Nielsen), Predestination (Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan and Michael Spierig), Tracks (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman) and The Water Diviner ( Troy Lum, Andrew Mason and Keith Rodger).

Unlike the Aacta Awards, Crowe was nominated for best director alongside John Curran, de Heer, Jennifer Kent and the Spierig brothers.

Fcca president and ABC Radio host Rod Quinn said, .This year.s nominees show the diversity of the Australian
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Australia’s Siskel & Ebert Sign Off After 28 Years of Savvy Sparring

When Australia’s two most famous film critics, David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz, sign off for the final time this week, they will have been beaming into the nation’s living rooms for an unprecedented 28 years. That’s four years longer than the late Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert shared the balcony on U.S. television, and only two years less than Johnny Carson spent hosting “The Tonight Show.”

Even more remarkably, in this age of Web- and social-media-driven “consumer” criticism, Stratton and Pomeranz (or David and Margaret, as they are more commonly known) continue to reach a weekly audience of nearly 700,000 viewers (between the initial broadcast and digital downloads), or roughly 3% of Australia’s national population.

It’s little wonder, then, that some in the Australian film industry are panicked about the void that will be left by the duo’s absence.

“They have helped this country have a film culture,
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David and Margaret the head and heart of Australian film culture

Theyll be missed. Strattons long career gave him enviable knowledge and Pomeranz could strike to the core of a film

The movies that divided David and Margaret the most

The news that At The Movies hosts Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton are retiring, announced by the ABC on Tuesday, is a huge blow to the Australian film industry, and to film lovers.

Their partnership began with The Movie Show on Sbs in 1986, shifting to the ABC in its current form in 2004. Starting with a tiny budget and no audience, The Movie Show was built almost entirely on the back of its presenters personalities and reputations (not to mention the hard-working crews they have always been quick to credit).

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End credits for Margaret and Strat

One of the longest and most enduring partnerships on Australian television, Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, is ending in December.

The duo will record the final episode of At the Movies on December 9, bringing down the curtain on a formidable 28-year on-screen partnership.

Perhaps recognising they are irreplaceable, the ABC is scrapping At the Movies in 2015.

The ABC hired Pomeranz and Stratton (Strat to his friends, a nod to his byline as a Variety film reviewer) in 2004. after they felt unloved and unwanted at Sbs, where they had hosted The Movie Show for 18 years.. The then Sbs MD Shaun Brown appeared not to realise they were a highly regarded Sbs. institution. .After 28 years reviewing films on television with Margaret, 10 of them at the ABC, I feel it.s time to go," Stratton said.. " had a wonderful time, thanks to very supportive and encouraging audiences, throughout that period. And
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Film Critics: Everyone’s a critic

Trent Griffiths spoke with six of Australia’s leading film critics to find out how they approach their craft, how their role has changed in the modern media landscape, and what they think the future of film criticism holds.

The evolution of digital media, social networking, and the global information society has ushered in a brave new world of possibilities for the film industry. The 3D revolution, downloading and Diy filmmaking have all been widely discussed, but the concurrent change in the nature of film criticism has received scant attention.

At Encore, we decided it was high time film critics had the chance to talk about the shifting sands of their place in the industry, so we contacted Marc Fennell (Triple J, Hungry Beast, The Circle), David Stratton (At The Movies, The Australian), Margaret Pomeranz (At The Movies), Louise Keller (Urban Cinefile), Sandra Hall (The Sydney MorningHerald), and Leigh Paatsch (The Herald Sun,
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Bad box office not the same as bad films

Margaret Pomeranz delivered a powerful keynote speech at the opening of the Spaa Conference yesterday in Sydney, and Encore has the full transcript of her meditation on the state of Australian film and television – and why Government and audiences should appreciate the arts a little more.

I’m extremely grateful to Spaa for inviting me to give this keynote speech today. It is the Hector Crawford Memorial Lecture and I want to honour the man today. Hector put Australian television on the map, he made Australian accents acceptable in the media. Do you remember when we could only stomach New Zealanders reading our news because they sounded more English than us? Brian Henderson was a prime example. But more than that Hector validated Australian writers, Australian actors, directors, designers, a whole Australian infrastructure, Some of those people are still working today. In a very significant way Hector created an industry,
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Book Review: "I Peed on Fellini" by David Stratton

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David Stratton is to Australia what Ebert is to America. He is part of the landscape of movies in this country, having run the Sydney film festival for decades, though, in Victoria, his influence is centred around his appearances on TV. There are two nationally-funded television channels in Australia. They are the ABC, which for some reason, has garnered the nickname 'Aunty,' that tends towards shows that are purely Australian or kid-orientated, while Sbs caters to our large immigrant population. As a child, I ignored Sbs, but I watched it more often as I hit my teens, particularly when I got interested in anime (and every young teenage boy knew the Friday night movie on Sbs was the closest you'd get to seeing nipples, at least, until the internet arrived). If Aunty is a woman of the land the kids all adore (she did, after all, give birth to
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Dueling movie reviewers switch to Aussie ABC

SYDNEY -- Movie reviewers David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz, famous for the on-air fire created by their often conflicting opinions, have left the Special Broadcasting Service's film review program The Movie Show, which they pioneered and hosted for 17 years, to join ABC TV's At the Movies, a new film show in a similar style set to launch on the network midyear, ABC said in a statement Monday. SBS managing director Nigel Milan said in a statement from SBS that Pomeranz and Stratton have been in discussions with SBS about their retirement for some time. "We just didn't expect they would move to the ABC instead," he said.

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