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Benjamin McKay †

July 18, 2010
Benjamin McKay

Benjamin McKay

Benjamin McKay, Australian film critic, passed away today. The reasons of his death are not confirmed yet, but aparently he had an accident in his apartment in Kuala Lumpur where he was a lecturer at the Malaysian campus of the Australian Monash University. McKay was an important critic of Southeast Asian cinema who has written extensively on Malaysian cinema. An anthology on indie cinema from the region that he coedited with May Adadol Ingawanij is forth-coming. Read an interview with him here.

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  1. Daniel Dwyer permalink
    July 21, 2010 4:40 am

    A Valediction for Ben McKay

    News of Benjamin McKay’s death has just reached us today at Charles Darwin University. Ben is remembered as a friend and fellow postgraduate, as well as a past president of both the Charles Darwin University Postgraduate Students Association (CDUPSA) and the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA). Ben threw himself energetically into this University’s life, holding positions on the University Council, the Ethics and Research Committees, as well as on many other representative bodies. Ben was tireless in his advocacy for the rights of students as well as for transparent good governance of the institution.

    A thespian by nature and an academic by training and inclination, Benjamin entertained and stimulated all those with whom he engaged. A raconteur with sharp wit and a taste for the pleasures of life, he was joy to many and a jousting menace to those entrenched in careless power.

    So let us melt, and make no noise,
    No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move;
    ‘Twere profanation of our joys v
    To tell the laity our love. (John Donne)

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