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Derek Malcolm, Respected Film Critic, Passes Away at 91

Derek Malcolm, a well-known senior British film critic has tragically passed away at 91 years of age. Derek died at home in Deal, southeast England, “of heart and lung failure, after a few months of illness,” according to The Guardian, where he worked as a film critic for more than 25 years. His wife Sarah Gristwood confirmed the news on Sunday.

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What is Derek Malcolm’s legacy as a film critic?

Malcolm was The Guardian newspaper’s chief film critic for more than 25 years, and he was a regular face at film festivals around the world during that time. Before settling down in the movies, he dabbled as a National Hunt jockey and subsequently as an actor. He joined The Guardian in the early 1970s and served as its top film critic until 1999, when he moved to the London Evening Standard. Malcolm was known for his insightful and witty reviews. He was also a champion of independent cinema, and he helped to bring many new directors and films to the attention of the public. His work helped to make cinema a more accessible and enjoyable art form for many people.

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Derek Malcolm was also the artistic director of the London Film Festival at one point in his career, with the British Film Institute throwing a huge party for his 90th birthday as well! His work had a significant impact on the film industry, and he will be remembered as a passionate and knowledgeable advocate for the art form.

Did Derek Malcolm leave behind writing pieces other than film reviews?

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In 2003, he also released ‘Family Secrets: The scandalous history of an extraordinary family,’ a personal and vulnerable book in which he chronicled his dysfunctional family past which including the fact that his father his mother’s lover, causing his death. Malcolm was acquitted for this occurrence, after which Malcolm’s parents stayed together in matrimony even after this horrifying event.