About The Documentary

This epic, five years in the making, is made up of 14 episodes narrated by Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda, Adjoa Andoh, Sharmila Tagore, Kerry Fox, Thandie Newton and Debra Winger. Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema follows in the footsteps of Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film: An Odyssey, to give us 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.

About The Director

Mark Cousins is an Irish-Scottish director and writer. His films include: The First Movie, about children in Iraq; The Story of Film: An Odyssey, a new history of cinema; Life May Be, which he co-directed with Iranian Mani Akbari; Atomic, about the nuclear age; and The Eyes of Orson Welles. They have premiered in Cannes, Berlin, Sundance and Venice film festivals and have won the Prix Italia, the Stanley Kubrick Award and many other prizes.