Mark Cousins is an Northern Irish filmmaker, writer and curator living and working in Scotland. In the early 1990s he became director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
His 2004 book The Story of Film, was published in Europe, America, China, Mexico, Brazil and Taiwan. The Times said of it “by some distance the best book we have read on cinema.” Cousins adapted the book into a 930 minute film, The Story of Film: An Odyssey (“The place from which all future revisionism should begin” - New York Times). Michael Moore gave it the Stanley Kubrick Award at his Traverse City Film Festival. It won a Peabody Award in 2014.
Next Cousins wrote, directed and filmed his first feature documentary, The First Movie, about kids in Kurdish Iraq. It won the Prix Italia. His other feature films include What is this Film called Love?, Here be Dragons, A Story of Children and Film, which was in the Official Selection in Cannes, Life May Be, co-directed with Iranian filmmaker Mania Akbari, and 6 Desires, an adaptation of DH Lawrence’s book Sea and Sardinia.
He is currently making Stockholm my Love, a city symphony starring Neneh Cherry, and directing the archive film Atomic, a collaboration with the band Mogwai.
I am Belfast (2015)
Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise (Documentary)
2015 I Am Belfast (Documentary)
2015 Your Eyes Flash Solemnly with Hate (Short)
2014 6 Desires: DH Lawrence and Sardinia (Documentary)
2014 Life May Be (Documentary)
2014 The Place (Short)
2013 Here Be Dragons (Documentary)
2013 A Story of Children and Film (Documentary)
2012 What Is This Film Called Love?
2011 The Story of Film: An Odyssey (TV Mini-Series documentary) (15 episodes)
2009 The First Movie (Documentary)
2008 First Impressions (Video documentary short)
2008 The New Ten Commandments (Documentary)
2005 Cinema Iran (TV Movie documentary)
1999-2000 Scene by Scene (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Woody Allen (2000)
- Roman Polanski (2000)
- David Lynch (1999)
1994 I Know Where I'm Going! Revisited (TV Movie documentary)
1993 The Psychology of Neo-Nazism: Another Journey by Train to Auschwitz (Documentary)