Known for their trademark banter, Pomeranz and Stratton are considered Australia’s most trusted film reviewers. The duo, who will record their final episode in December, came to the ABC in 2004 following 18 years hosting The Movie Show on SBS.
In a statement, Stratton said “We’ve had a wonderful time, thanks to very supportive and encouraging audiences, throughout that period. We’ve worked with wonderful teams, both at SBS and at the ABC, people who discovered movies alongside us, helped and assisted us, and in the process became valued friends. We couldn’t have done it without them.
“Most of all, working with Margaret, whose enthusiasm, commitment and passion has been amazing (and only occasionally irritating) has been a joy for over a quarter of a century. But, since I turned 75 last week, I look forward to less pressure and more opportunities to enjoy the movies I love, in the years ahead.”
Pomeranz said “It’s been such a privilege to have been on the sidelines, witnessing the talent that this country produces in all areas of film production. We’ve seen Australian films continue to mature over nearly three decades on air and I look forward to a continued involvement in this wonderful industry of ours which explores and reflects our culture and our peccadilloes.”
“My gratitude goes to David who gave me credibility just by being prepared to sit by me and discuss film when I am just a film enthusiast, not the great walking encyclopaedia of film that he is. He’s a grand person, a most generous, decent man, even if a little stubborn at times.”
“I’m very sad to have to call an end to our show, it started out as a very fragile thing and only survived because there are enough lovers of film in this country to support a specific program about cinema. Thank you all.”
Image: Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton – courtesy of the ABC