Vale Bill Collins, Australia’s beloved ‘Mr Movies’

Some terribly sad news arrived today, with reports confirming that beloved Australian film critic and historian Bill Collins has passed away.

The highly respected author and television personality, who famously wore dark-rimmed glasses and spoke about cinema with infectious passion, died last night. He was 84.

Collins was best-known for presenting short but highly informative introductions, before classic films played on television.

As the Sydney Morning Herald writer Michael Idato put it:

“He spoke emotionally, and passionately, and personally. He had the theatrical delivery of an actor, but truth he was simply a fan, drawn into the magic of the movie house, hypnotised by the flickering light of the projector.”

Many people have taken to social media to celebrate the life of this iconic Australia. Here are a selection of tweets in honour of Bill. Vale.