Ms Margaret Pomeranz - NFSA Restores and Film Ambassador
Growing up in Sydney, Margaret Pomeranz found her love of cinema ignited at a young age by the Saturday afternoon matinees at her local cinema. After some time spent in Europe in the 1960s, she returned to Australia in 1971 to finish her Arts degree at Macquarie University.
Balancing further studies, work, and her home life – which included husband Hans, and children Joshua and Felix – Margaret eventually became a writer-producer at the newly formed Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) in 1980.
There, she established The Movie Show with David Stratton in 1986 and took on the role as co-host, in what was meant to be a short-term arrangement. The show ran until 2004, when it moved to the ABC and was rebadged as At the Movies and ran for another 10 years until 2014.
Margaret was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 for her service to the film industry as a critic and reviewer, promoter of Australian content and advocate for freedom of expression in film.