Mark Cousins

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Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins’ next film will be an episodic 16-hour documentary titled Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema that celebrates female directors from around the world.

The project is produced by Hopscotch films, with Dogwoof handling world sales.

The first four hours of the film, narrated by Tilda Swinton who is also an executive producer, will debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival in the Classics strand.

Cousins writes and directs, with John Archer from Hopscotch producing. 

Four years in the making and still in production, the finished doc will be ready in spring 2019.

It is made up of forty “chapters” to be narrated by Swinton and other key women in cinema, still to be announced. It will show how films are made, shot and edited; how stories are shaped and how movies depict life, love, politics, humour and death, all through the lens of some of the world’s greatest women directors.

Cousins said the doc “tries to change the canon. It is a film school, where all the teachers are female.”

He added: “To campaign for equality in cinema is compellingly right and part of that campaign must be to celebrate the great women directors from around the world and from every decade, to insert them into the canon where they rightly belong and from which they have been excluded by many film historians, mostly male.”

Dogwoof previously worked with Cousins on The Eyes of Orson Welles, which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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