Galway Film Centre has announced 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 the An Taibhdhearc Theatre in Galway on Wednesday June 21st 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.

Cousins 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. Collectively 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, Cousins will also discuss the current cinematic landscape and the enduring magic of the movies in the digital age.

Tickets €5 to €20 and bookings through Eventbrite.

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