Margaret Pomeranz AM (born 14 July 1944) is an Australian film critic, writer, producer and television personality.
Margaret Pomeranz (AM)
Margeret Anne Jones-Owen
14 July 1944
Waverley, New South Wales, Australia
|Education||Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney; Macquarie University; National Institute of Dramatic Art|
|Occupation||Film critic (At the Movies)|
|Employer||Australian Broadcasting Corporation|
|Board member of||Advertising Standards Board; Film Critics Circle of Australia; Watch on Censorship; Australian Writers' Foundation|
Pomeranz was born Margeret Anne Jones-Owen in Waverley, a suburb of Sydney. She was educated at the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney in Croydon, the then newly opened Macquarie University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and psychology, and the Playwright's Studio at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). In her early twenties, she fled Sydney to escape the "banality" and travelled around Europe, before returning to Australia and settling in Sydney.
Together with Stratton, she hosted the long-running SBS TV program The Movie Show from 1986 until 2004. She appeared on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) version of the program, At the Movies, again with David Stratton, beginning in 2004 and concluding on 9 December 2014.
She also had an uncredited role in the 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert as Adam's mother.
In addition to being a critic, Pomeranz is also an anti-censorship campaigner. She was a prominent attendee and was briefly detained by police at an attempted 2003 protest screening of the controversial film Ken Park, banned in Australia. She has been critical of the Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification (now the Australian Classification Board), the Australian censorship body, on a number of occasions. She has actively spoken out against production companies refusing to give preview screenings for critics.
She is prominently noted for the large earrings she wore on the show, apparently designed by a friend.
Presently she appears in Screen on Foxtel where she reviews film and television shows with Graeme Blundell.
Pomeranz has appeared as herself in several Australian comedy programs.
In 2009's Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own Adventure she and David Stratton review Lawrence Leung's attempt to set a world record for solving the Rubik's Cube whilst sky diving, as they sit on the landing site in their trademark armchairs.
Pomeranz also appeared as herself in: