Narrated by Sharmila Tagore, Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda, Adjoa Andoh, Kerry Fox, Thandie Newton and Debra Winger
4-disc Blu-ray release on 18 May 2020 and streaming on BFI Player (Subscription service) in 5 parts from 18 May – 15 June 2020
Five years in the making, this bold follow-up to Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film: An Odyssey uses hundreds of clips from films directed by women to show how movies are made.
Presented in thematic chapters, Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema looks at how a great opening shot is done, how to frame an image, how to introduce a character, how to film sex, dance and death, how work and love are portrayed in cinema, and how the genres such as comedy, melodrama and sci-fi work.
Many famous female directors are included, but so are scores of forgotten women from every period in film history and from five continents. Women Make Film is a revealing eye-opener, a celebration of the art and craft of cinema, and a j’accuse to film history.
Women Make Film is now released by the BFI on Blu-ray in a 4-disc set with additional features. It has also been released on BFI Player’s Subscription service in five episodes; one uploaded each week from 18 May – 15 June 2020.
Special features includes:
- Presented in High Definition
- The Making of… (2020, 13 mins): a video essay by Mark Cousins in which he discusses the influences, motivations and methodology of Women Make Film
- Mark Cousins and Barbara Kopple Q&A (2020, 18 mins): a discussion following a screening of Women Make Film at Toronto International Film Festival
- Together (1956, 48 mins): two deaf-mute dock workers eke out a humble East End existence in Lorenza Mazzetti’s striking and poetic film
- Illustrated booklet with an introduction by Cari Beauchamp, an essay by Mark Cousins, biographies and full credits