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At The Movies (2004 - current)

Magazine program
Weekly x 30 minutes

Series synopsis:

A magazine program in which Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton review the latest film releases including features and documentaries. They conclude each review with their a rating out of five stars.

Curator’s Notes:

Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton have worked together for over twenty years (1986-2007) to create a 'must watch’ program for those who like to keep abreast of the latest film releases. They often interview either the director or one of the stars of the film following the review so that we can glean a little more information about how the film came about and the film production process. Though the program began on SBS, the duo moved to the ABC in mid 2004 where, although the name changed from The Movie Show to At The Movies, their inimitable style remains the same. They even work with the same series producer Brendan Walls.

It’s a program that’s very dependant on distribution companies offering a show reel of each film that’s released, free of copyright restrictions, for the purpose of reviewing the film. When either Margaret or David present their review, they script their words around clips of that footage in order to enhance and explain what they mean. They’re both highly skilled at telling us just enough about the movie to excite our curiosity, without giving away the plot line.

They began their partnership with SBS in 1986. Margaret had been one of the very first writer-producers of the broadcaster when it began in 1980. David had been a director of the Sydney Film Festival and a film reviewer for the international magazine Variety. These days they are the doyens of television film reviewing and well known throughout Australia and the world. They often send back reports from Cannes or Venice and indeed David has been a former president of the International Critics Jury for both the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals.

Titles in this series

At The Movies – Series 1 Episode 55, Little Fish 2005

Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton review the latest cinema releases including The Perfect Catch and Wallace and Grommit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. There’s also a review of the remarkable feature length documentary Murderball and we see Cate Blanchett ...

At The Movies – Series 1 Episode 63, Wolf Creek 2005

This week Margaret and David discuss the Australian film Wolf Creek with accompanying interviews with the director Greg McLean and actor Cassandra Magrath. There’s also a review of a documentary about the inside story of a porn phenomenon Inside Deep ...

At The Movies – Series 2 Episode 20, Ten Canoes 2006

The man of steel is back in Superman Returns, the first film to be reviewed this week on the television magazine program presented by Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, about the latest movie releases. There’s also a review of Tristram ...