Women Make Film:
A New Road Movie Through Cinema
Written and directed by Mark Cousins
Narrated by Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda, Adjoa Andoh, Sharmila Tagore, 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
See the trailer here
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.
On 18 May 2020 Women Make Film
will be released by the BFI on Blu-ray in a 4-disc set with additional features. On the same day it will be released on BFI Player’s Subscription service in five episodes; one will uploaded each week from 18 May – 15 June.
• 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
(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
RRP: £49.99 / Cat. no. BFIB1385 / 15
UK / 2020 / colour, black and white / 848 mins / optional English language and English hard-of-hearing subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.85:1 / 4 x BD50: 1080/50i, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48kHz/24-bit), PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit)