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US movie director and writer Wes Craven, who died on August 30, 2015, at the age of 76. EPA Mondelo

Wes Craven: revisiting The People Under the Stairs

I suggest we take a couple of hours tonight to watch (or re-watch) The People Under the Stairs. And then we can relegate Craven, and the film, to the dustbin of history, sticking them under the stairs where they belong.
EL Doctorow, pictured here in 2007, has died. His work in its entirety bespeaks a profound humanity. Radim Beznoska/AAP

Remembering EL Doctorow, the conscience of the USA

Over the course of almost six decades, Doctorow – who has died – wrote himself into the canon of American literature. He embodied the virtues of a classical storyteller.
Phillip Toyne lobbied for the transfer of Uluru National Park back to its traditional owners. nosha/Flickr

Phillip Toyne cared for land-carers, black and white

Phillip Toyne, a co-founder of the national landcare program, died on Saturday morning after a long illness with cancer, leaving an indelible legacy of influence and achievement.
Lee was one of the greatest character actors to have ever appeared on screen. AAP/Richard Goldschmidt

Goodbye Christopher Lee, the aristocrat of Satanic darkness

Christopher Lee, who died on June 7, was one of the greatest character actors to have ever appeared on screen, even after fleeing Castle Dracula for the hills of Hollywood.
Former US Poet Laureate Philip Levine (1928-2015) was down to earth and humble. But he spared no rage towards those he deemed selfish and narcissistic. Brooklyn Book Festival/Flickr

Remembering former poet laureate Philip Levine

Kate Daniels, the director of Vanderbilt's creative writing program, recalls the life and work of her mentor, a man "devoted...to creating gritty and empathetic portraits of American blue collar workers."
Faith Bandler will be remembered as a tireless advocate for the rights of South Sea Islanders in Australia. AAP Image/Jane Dempster

Vale Faith Bandler: anti-racist intellectual and activist

Mrs Faith Bandler has died. We mourn our loss and honour her life. Her death on Friday marks the end of an era. At the age of 96 years, she outlived all the other black political activists of her generation…
PD James died on November 27, aged 94. Henning Kaiser/EPA

Long live the work of PD James, crime fiction pioneer

The news of P D James’s passing has inevitably prompted me to consider the Queen of Crime and what she created. But her death has made me think not of loss, but of what the genre, and me, have gained…
2010’s Animal Kingdom – one of many films to benefit from the legacies of the Whitlam government. EPA/Simon Mein/Sony Pictures

Australia’s film industry owes a debt to Gough Whitlam

Filmmakers and audiences – indeed Australian arts and screen culture more broadly – owe a deep debt of gratitude to Gough Whitlam and the government he led. Although the foundations had been laid by Whitlam’s…

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