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Meet the Critics: David Stratton — Australia's avuncular film reviewing vet

Meet the Critics: David Stratton — Australia's avuncular film reviewing vet

It's hard to imagine Australian film reviewing culture without veteran critic David Stratton. But could retirement be on the cards? In the latest instalment of Meet the Critics, Stratton drops a bombshell.

Meet the Critics: Richard Wilkins -- TODAY film reviewer, Nine entertainment ed and red carpet extraordinaire

Meet the Critics: Richard Wilkins -- TODAY film reviewer, Nine entertainment ed and red carpet extraordinaire

The term “critic” is subjective. Some film reviewers wear it like a badge of honour while others prefer to distance themselves from the connotations it inevitably draws — of snooty high faluting elitists, perhaps, or bespectacled grey haired academic types. Richard Wilkins, Nine Network entertainment editor and TODAY Show film reviewer, belongs to the latter […]

Meet the Critics: Clint Morris -- PR wiz turned reviewer and Moviehole maestro

Meet the Critics: Clint Morris -- PR wiz turned reviewer and Moviehole maestro

Maintaining collaborative relationships with film publicists is a must for every professional film critic, and Clint Morris — long-time reviewer and founder of popular movie website Moviehole — is no exception. Where Morris differs from the pack is in his innate understanding of the PR industry and issues publicists face. After all, he used to […]

Meet the Critics: Evan Williams -- veteran reviewer for The Oz, Walkey award winner and Order of Australia recipient

Meet the Critics: Evan Williams -- veteran reviewer for The Oz, Walkey award winner and Order of Australia recipient

If film reviewers are a dime a dozen these days – at least outside mainstream media outlets – those with CVs that look even a smidge like The Australian‘s Evan Williams are anything but. Williams, a critic for The Oz since 1981, has a particular fondness for political movies, even though he approaches them with […]

Meet the Critics: Erin Free -- steering the good ship FilmInk

Meet the Critics: Erin Free -- steering the good ship FilmInk

It’s a common perception of film critics: that they’re a bunch of insatiably word-hungry devourers of all kinds of cinema-related writing. But if your job involves writing about film, can reading other people’s commentary feel too much like work? A bit like you never left the office? Erin Free, editor of Australia’s longest running independent […]

Meet the Critics: Triple J and Channel 10 broadcaster Marc Fennell -- that movie guy

Meet the Critics: Triple J and Channel 10 broadcaster Marc Fennell -- that movie guy

If you ever find yourself transcribing an interview with Marc Fennell, here’s a useful tip: slow the audio down. A lot. “I talk fast at the best of times,” the Red Bull guzzling broadcaster tells Cinetology over the phone while he sits on a hammock, at a family gathering for his grandmother’s 80th birthday. “I […]

Meet the Critics: SMH's Sandra Hall -- turning the page from literacy to films and back again

Meet the Critics: SMH's Sandra Hall -- turning the page from literacy to films and back again

It’s a line of attack sometimes directed at film reviewers, usually by those caught in the cross hairs of a critical lambasting: that critics are failed artists, desperate have-nots, individuals with nary a creative thought floating through their sanctimonious minds. Whilst Sandra Hall, who began reviewing films for The Sydney Morning Herald in 1996 and […]

Meet the Critics: Jake Wilson – no tele teen turned Age cine-scribe

Meet the Critics: Jake Wilson – no tele teen turned Age cine-scribe

Jake Wilson’s journey into the realm of professional criticism is a traditional one, in many senses: a talented writer and a bona fide film geek spends an inordinate amount of hours during high school planted in front of screens and some years later lands a job at a newspaper from a combination of skill, experience […]

Meet the critics: Margaret Pomeranz -- film reviewing Queen of the teev

Meet the critics: Margaret Pomeranz -- film reviewing Queen of the teev

Margaret Pomeranz, along with her equally famous television co-host David Stratton, is as close to film reviewing royalty as one finds in Australia. Her jangling earrings, funky fashion sense, endearing laugh and opened-minded approach to film criticism have become synonymous with cinema discussion Down Under since her impromptu debut on SBS’s The Movie Show in 1986. But […]