Mark Cousins is a Northern Irish author and filmmaker. His books include Watching. Real. People. Elsewhere. and The Story of Film. His films – which include The First Movie, Atomic and The Story of Film: An Odyssey – have won a Peabody Award, the Prix Italia and the Stanley Kubrick Award and have been shown in MoMA in New York, at the Cannes film festival, and around the world. He also made A Story of Children and Film. He has long been interested in cities: What Is This Film Called Love? was a self-photographed travel diary of his three-day walk around Mexico City; I am Belfast is a visual, poetic depiction of Belfast and its citizens told by someone who left the city many years ago but is still fascinated by it. His latest film is the city symphony, Stockholm My Love (2017), which follows the footsteps of Alva Achebe (Neneh Cherry), a Swedish architect fascinated by the way buildings influence lives, but haunted by a tragic event in her past. He is also working on a three-hour addendum to The Story of Film, on the subject of documentaries, entitled Dear John Grierson and a new film on Orson Welles and his art. His latest book is The Story of Looking. He is Honorary Professor of Film at the University of Glasgow.
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