Dirk Lauwaert (1944–2013) was a Belgian film critic, essayist and one of the most prolific writers on cinema in Belgium. Drawn to cinema from an early age, his first real encounter with cinema took place during his high school education in the Sint-Jozefcollege, a Jesuit college in Turnhout, where he saw the films of Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy, among others. After this, Lauwaert’s father took him to the revolutionary Filmforum screenings by “filmcleric” Jos Burvenich, a man from the clergy who considered cinema an art form and became a promoter of new European cinema in Belgium. Lauwaert wrote diaries from an early age, up until the year 1965, when he first started writing for magazines, the first being Universitas, effectively starting his career as a film critic, though his writing was not only concerned with cinema but also fashion, photography and art. Throughout his life, his texts appeared in magazines such as Film en Televisie, Kunst en Cultuur, Andere Sinema and De Witte Raaf. Lauwaert also taught at RITCS (the former RITS) and LUCA School of Arts (the former Hogeschool Sint-Lukas). His writing was published in several books, including Artikels. De Gelaarsde Kat (1996), Dromen van een expeditie. Geschriften over film 1971–2001 (2006), Lichtpapier. Teksten over fotografie (2007) [FOMU, Antwerp], Onrust (2011) and De geknipte stof. Schrijven over mode (2013) [Lannoo]. Several of his texts have been translated into English and French on Sabzian.