Derek Malcolm

Derek Malcolm

Derek Malcolm (born 12 May 1932) is a British film critic and historian.

Malcolm was educated at Eton College and Oxford University. He worked for several decades as a film critic for The Guardian, having previously been an amateur jockey and the paper's first horse racing correspondent. In 1977, he was a member of the jury at the 27th Berlin International Film Festival.[1] In the mid-1980s he was host of The Film Club on BBC2, which was dedicated to art house films.

Upon leaving The Guardian in 2000, he published his final series of articles, The Century of Films, in which he shared his favourite films from around the world. After The Guardian he became chief film critic for the Evening Standard, before being replaced in 2009 by novelist Andrew O'Hagan.[2] He still contributes film reviews for the newspaper.

Malcolm is president of the British Federation of Film Societies and the International Film Critics' Circle. In 2003 he published an autobiographical book, Family Secrets, which recounts how in 1917 his father shot his mother's lover dead, but was found not guilty of murder.


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