Margaret Pomeranz is a film reviewer. She presents the ABC’s At the Movies with long-time co-host David Stratton.
Margaret studied German and psychology. In the middle of her studies, she spent two and a half years in Vienna where she had her first taste of working in the media. She was a stringer for the Bulletin and for ABC Rural Radio. Back in Australia, she met and married filmmaker Hans Pomeranz and became involved with the ‘new wave’ of Australian filmmaking that was happening during the 1970s. Margaret attended the Playwright’s Studio at NIDA and began writing for television, radio and film. She regards herself as an escapee from screenwriting.
When given the chance to work with the newly established Special Broadcasting Service soon after it began in October 1980, she became a producer as well as a writer. She produced and wrote a number of programs for SBS before establishing The Movie Show with David Stratton in 1986, which they fronted until 2004. During that time Margaret was Executive Producer with SBS for such programs as Front Up, Subsonics, and coverage of the AFI Awards and the If Awards. Margaret is currently the co-host with David Stratton of At The Movies on ABC TV, where they moved in July 2004.
Margaret has served as a member of the Advertising Standards Board, is a past president of the Film Critics Circle of Australia, and is a past president – and currently vice-president – of Watch on Censorship. She is also a member of the inaugural board of the Australian Writers’ Foundation.
More importantly she is the mother of two sons whom she likes and loves very much.
David and Margaret reflect on Elia Kazan's Hollywood blacklist era filmic allegory of conflict, coercion and betrayal.