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The (Cinematic) Gospel According to Mark Cousins in association with the BAI

What: The (Cinematic) Gospel According to Mark Cousins in association with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
When: Wednesday 21st June
12.30-2pm: ‘I Am Belfast’ screening.
2-2.30pm: Tea/Coffee
2.30-4.30pm: Interview with Mark Cousins by Declan McGrath

Where: An Taibhdhearc Theatre, Middle Street, Galway City
Tickets: Bookings through Eventbrite

Galway Film Centre is delighted to announce a real treat for filmmakers taking place in Galway City of Film this June!

Celebrated filmmaker/presenter/film critic & programmer, Mark Cousins, will be in Galway on Wednesday 21st June to take part in an interview about his work with director, film critic and fellow Belfast man, Declan McGrath. The interview will be preceded by a screening of Cousins’ film, ‘I Am Belfast’*.

Mark will discuss his approach to directing, with some of his larger scale work including the prolific 15 one-hour chapter documentary, ‘The Story of Film: An Odyssey‘, which broadcast on More4 and featured at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and more intimate projects such as ‘The First Movie’, ‘What is this Film called Love?‘ and ‘6 Desires’. They have won the Prix Italia, a Peabody, The Stanley Kubrick Award and other prizes, and have been shown in Cannes, Berlin, Telluride, MoMA in New York and in cinemas around the world.

Cousins often takes a DIY approach to his films, working with practically no crew and heading off on a shoot with just a camera. His documentary, ‘What is this thing called Love?’ was filmed over 3 days for just £10 in Mexico! This approach will be explored in the interview.

His next projects are a film on Orson Welles, and a twenty-two hour documentary whose working title is ‘How to Make a Movie: An Eye Opener’.

A world-renowned authority on cinema, Cousins has produced a number of films, articles and books considered to be go-to-guides on cinema past, present, and future. He has interviewed directors such as David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and Jane Campion. He has also programmed the Edinburgh International Film Festival and hosted BBC2’s Moviedrome and Scene by Scene.

As well as talking about his own work, Mark will also discuss the current cinematic landscape and the enduring magic of the movies in the digital age.

If you are a cinema-lover, then join us at An Taibhdhearc on June 21st for an afternoon of cinema passion!


*’I Am Belfast is a magic-realist film where director Mark Cousins takes a look at his own hometown. This visual, poetic depiction of Belfast is shot by the cinematographer Christopher Doyle (‘In the Mood for Love’, ‘Rabbit-Proof Fence’) and scored by composer David Holmes (‘71’, ‘Hunger’). Themes brought up in the film range from the landscapes surrounding the city, its changing architecture and social structure to the political and personal repercussions of the Northern Irish conflict.

Mark Cousins is an Irish-Scottish director and writer. His films – The First Movie, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, What is This Film Called Love?, Life May Be, A Story of Children and Film, Atomic, I am Belfast, 6 Desires, Here be Dragons, Stockholm My Love – are about childhood, cities, recovery, walking and cinema.  He writes for Sight & Sound and Filmkrant, is an Honorary Professor at Glasgow University, and does playful film events, including several with Tilda Swinton.

Declan McGrath has recently directed and produced Mary McAleese & The Man Who Saved Europe for RTÉ and BBC (winner of the Radharc Award for Best Historical Documentary 2016) and created the app Léigh Linn (winner of best app at the 2016 Celtic Media Awards). He is currently working on a film for TG4 about American song collector Alan Lomax and his 1951 trip to Ireland. Declan has also written two books on the craft of cinema and contributes to the American film magazine Cineaste.

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