Mark Cousins’ ‘Women Make Film’ will be released on BFI Blu-ray & BFI Player from 18 May 2020!

Mark Cousins‘ epic and exceptional new 14-hour documentary film, Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema, narrated by Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda, Adjoa Andoh, Sharmila Tagore, Kerry Fox, Thandie Newton and Debra Winger, will be released in a 4-Disc Blu-ray edition on 18 May 2020, and will stream on BFI Player (Subscription service) in 5 parts from 18 May to 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.

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Special Features

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

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