Derek Malcolm

Derek Malcolm
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Malcolm at IFFI 2012
Derek Elliston Michael Malcolm

(1932-05-12) 12 May 1932
London, England
OccupationFilm critic

Derek Elliston Michael Malcolm (born 12 May 1932)[1] is an English film critic.

Son of J. Douglas Malcolm (died 1967) and Dorothy Vera (died 1964; née Elliston-Taylor),[2] Malcolm was educated at Eton College and Merton College, Oxford.[3] As a child he expressed an interest in film, often going to the newsreel cinema on Victoria station.[4] 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.[5] In the mid-1980s he was host of The Film Club on BBC2, which was dedicated to art house films, and was director of the London Film Festival for several years.

After leaving The Guardian in 2000, he published his final series of articles, The Century of Films, in which he discusses films he admires from his favourite directors from around the world. He became chief film critic for the Evening Standard, before being replaced in 2009 by novelist Andrew O'Hagan.[6] He still contributes film reviews for the newspaper, but it emerged in July 2013 that his contribution to the title was to be reduced further.[7]

In 2008 he was a member of the jury at the 30th Moscow International Film Festival.[8]

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.[9] Malcolm has been married to the journalist and author Sarah Gristwood since 1994.[10]


  1. ^ "Malcolm, Derek Elliston Michael". : "Born 12 May 1932; s of J. Douglas Malcolm and Dorothy Taylor". Who's Who. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  2. ^ Debrett's People of Today, Debrett's Ltd, 2006, p. 1077
  3. ^ Levens, R.G.C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900-1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. p. 416.
  4. ^ Malcolm, Derek (11 October 2018). "Tea and buns with Laurel and Hardy: Derek Malcolm on the day he met his comedy heroes". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Berlinale 1977: Juries". Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  6. ^ Stephen Brook, London Evening Standard appoints Andrew O'Hagan as film critic, The Guardian, Thursday 7 May 2009
  7. ^ Josh Halliday "Independent titles to cut back on arts coverage",, 29 July 2013
  8. ^ "30th Moscow International Film Festival (2008)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Strange case of love and deceit". The Herald. 8 March 2003. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Skeletons in the Closet". Evening Standard. 6 March 2003. Retrieved 3 August 2018.

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Chai n Chat Session - discussion with the International Jury : Gautam Ghosh- Jury President (India), Derel Malcolm(UK), Anamaria Marinca(Romania), Lech Majeski (Poland), Malani Fonseka (Sri Lanka), at the 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2012), in Panaji, Goa on November 27, 2012.