Shaun de Waal has worked at the Mail & Guardian since 1989. He was literary editor from 1991 to 2006 and has been chief film critic for 15 years. He is now the editor of the paper's comment and analysis section. Recent publications include Exposure: Queer Fiction; 25 Years of the Mail & Guardian; and Not the Movie of the Week. Visit shaundewaal.tumblr.com
Three books give a keen insight into the role played by communists in shaping South Africa’s history.
Shaun de Waal speaks to Jade Davenport about her first book, "Digging Deep", on the history of mining in South Africa.
An astonishing number of musicians have joined Gary Herselman to produce a mega-album.
The department of international relations has released a carefully worded statement about a number of countries' new anti-gay laws.
The ministerial team tasked with advising President Yoweri Museveni on homosexuality falsified and twisted information in an expert scientific report.
Robin Renwick, Britain's ambassador to South Africa from 1987 to 1991 discusses his new book about Helen Suzman.
The "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" director Justin Chadwick talks to the M&G's Shaun de Waal about making the long-awaited film.
The makers of "Long Walk to Freedom" have made a highly watchable film of Nelson Mandela's life story while remaining faithful to the facts.
Max du Preez's new book "A Rumour of Spring" is an insightful look at where the country is today and how we got here.
William Kentridge discusses his love of music, his fusion of art and opera, and the spin-offs from that.