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Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins is a filmmaker, critic and programmer.

He programmed the Edinburgh Film Festival (1996-97), hosted BBC2’s Moviedrome (1997-2000) and Scene by Scene (1999-2000), and is the author of The Story of Film and (with Kevin Macdonald) Imagining Reality: the Faber Book of Documentary. His movies include The First Movie, The Story of Film: An Odyssey and A Story of Children and Film. He is the co-founder (with Tilda Swinton) of the 8½ Foundation.

He tweets @markcousinsfilm.

Articles by Mark Cousins

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  • From the Magazine

    Dispatches: Fast and furious

    Prolific filmmakers like Tsui Hark, Scorsese and Fassbinder are driven by a creative urgency, part intoxication and part childlike joy, scrawls Mark Cousins.

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014


  • From the Magazine

    Dispatches: Situation critical

    The pessimists are convinced the end is nigh for film criticism in the digital age – but perhaps criticism isn’t what they think it is, says Mark Cousins.

    Monday, February 24, 2014


  • Antonia Bird, 1951-2013

    Mark Cousins pays tribute to the heat, ire, vision and persistence of his late friend and collaborator.

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013


  • Blazing modern India across the screen

    Why a weekend of documentaries by Anand Patwardhan is an unmissable opportunity to catch up with a passionate chronicler of modern India.

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013


  • Morelia 2011: Shelter from the sensation

    Mark Cousins sees a running tussle between baroque culture and Bressonian art at Mexico’s foremost showcase of homegrown film.

    Monday, November 14, 2011


  • Telluride 2010: Walking on air

    High in the Colorado mountains, Mark Cousins goes giddy for old films by Stanton Kaye and Mario Camerini, the latest from Harutyun Khachatryan, and Claudia Cardinale.

    Thursday, September 23, 2010


  • Movies to Mohammad: Mark Cousins’ The First Movie

    In times of Troubles, Mark Cousins finds reality at the movies. Here he reveals what happened when he brought video cameras and projectors to the children of Goptapa in northern Iraq.

    Monday, December 14, 2009


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