Internationally-acclaimed film maker Mark Cousins is one of Britain's leading directors and cultural critics and a regular contributor to BBC 4 and More 4. A passionate and prolific creator of film documentaries, often about the nature of movie-making itself, Cousins' most recent film, The Eyes of Orson Welles, won a commendation at last year's Cannes Film Festival. After graduating from the University of Stirling, the Belfast-born Cousins rose to public prominence as director of Edinburgh International Film Festival in the late 1990s, bringing new ideas and personal charm, as well as introducing the concept of 'Scene by Scene'.
This led him to host the BBC TV series of the same name with famous names such as David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski. The charismatic Cousins also presented the BBC cult film series Moviedrome which ran for 66 shows from June 1997 to July 2000. In 2009, Cousins and award-winning actress/director Tilda Swinton famously created a project where they mounted a 33.5-tonne portable cinema on a large truck which was physically pulled through the Scottish Highlands. A sometimes member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival, his 2011 documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey was broadcast as 15 one-hour television episodes on More4 and was also shown on Turner Classic Movies.
Among his dozen other films is A Story of Children and Film in 2013 and two made in the same year of 2015, I Am Belfast and Atomic, Living in Dread. Mark Cousins has written several books about films, including The Story of Looking, which was published in 2017 by Canongate and was described by The Scotsman as "a wide-ranging, deep-seeing and clever book." He is also an Honorary Professor of Film at the University of Glasgow, Honorary Doctor of Letters at the Universities of Edinburgh and Stirling and chairperson of the Belfast Film Festival.
Mark Cousins will be in conversation with the Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers followed by a screening of his 2018 film, The Eyes of Orson Welles. The event is presented in association with Harrogate Film Society. All ticket holders will receive a free drink on arrival.