Journalist cum filmmaker Mark Cousins has done just a little bit of everything. He’s made documentaries (The Eyes of Orson Welles), city symphonies (What Is This Film Called Love?), narratives (Stockholm, My Love), even an alternative film school in the time of COVID (40 Days to Learn Film).
His most recent project, Women Make Film, is an attempt to rewrite the cinematic canon without sexists exclusions. Currently available on Blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, Women Make Film will soon be available to stream via The Criterion Channel, Kanopy, and Watch TCM. It runs 14 hours, spans 13 decades, traverses five continents, and covers hundreds of films. It’s a companion piece to Cousin’s 2011 documentary, The Story of Film.
Adapting his 2006 book of the same name, The Story of Film runs 15 hours and covers 525 films. It’s wonderful, maybe not a be-all-end-all of cinematic history, but a perfect introduction for beginners and a stimulating work for experts needing new lens on familiar frames. All 15 hours are streaming on Hoopla and Hulu. Women Make Film will be here soon. Until then, The Story of Film keeps the wheels turning.