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Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema

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Synopsis

Mark Cousins' upcoming film project will be 16 hours when completed (in Spring 2019). The first four hours episodes are narrated by Tilda Swinton.
The complete film will be made up of forty “chapters” to be narrated by Tilda Swinton and other key women in cinema. Following in the footsteps of Mark Cousins’ 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey', giving a guided tour of the art and craft of the movies. Using almost a thousand film extracts from thirteen decades and five continents, Cousins asks how films are made, shot and edited; how stories are shaped and how movies depict life, love, politics, humour and death, all through the compelling lens of some of the world’s greatest directors – all of them women.
“Many films about cinema feature mostly male directors – 'Women Directing Film' challenges that. It tries to change the canon. It’s not about the lives of these great directors, it’s about their work. It is a film school, where all the teachers are female. The intention of this film is to, as Diaghilev and Cocteau said, “astonish us.” 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.” (Mark Cousins)
“Cinema: the great empathy machine. The ultimate invitation to walk in other people’s shoes, to look through their eyes, follow their thoughts, make their connections. This is the radical project of cinema itself. It transforms - it liberates us as we watch. It makes us fit for evolution.” (Tilda Swinton)
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2018 - TIFF Docs

Details

Year
2018
Type of film
Features
Running Time
240 mins
Director
Mark Cousins
Producer
John Archer
Executive Producer
Tilda Swinton, Clara Glynn
Editor
Timo Langer
Screenwriter
Mark Cousins
Sound
Becky Thompson
Music
Germaine Tailleferre, Suite Burlesque, Clinton-Narboni Duo
Principal Cast
Tilda Swinton
Running Time Note
Complete version running time will be c. 960 mins

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Last updated 31st August 2018

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A Dogwoof Hopscotch Films production

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19-23 Ironmonger Row
London
EC1V 3QN
+44 (0)20 7253 6244
info@dogwoof.com
http://www.dogwoof.com