WOMEN MAKE FILM: A new road movie through cinema, written & directed by Mark Cousins

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 FilmA 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

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (4-Disc Blu-ray Set)

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
  • Trailer
  • Illustrated booklet with an introduction by Cari Beauchamp, an essay by Mark Cousins, biographies and full credits

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