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Dear Orson Welles & Other Essays

MARK COUSINS

 

In this wide-ranging, stylish and iconoclastic book, Scottish-Irish director and writer Mark Cousins reflects on his prolific career in filmmaking, meditating on the philosophers, writers, actors and films that have influenced him.

$50.00

978-1-7393537-2-8 Hardback 464 pages

From recollections of his childhood in Belfast to practical filmmaking advice for new directors, to the complexities of representing trauma on screen, this is a book that will captivate readers interested in contemporary film and the history of cinema.

Cousins’ essays are in conversation with iconic artistic figures, particularly Pier Paolo Pasolini, an Italian poet, filmmaker, writer and intellectual; and Orson Welles, an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is also in dialogue with D.H. Lawrence; film-directors Stanley Donen and Agnes Varda; actors Amy Adams, Channing Tatum, Quentin Tarantino, Tilda Swinton, Nicole Kidman and Dennis Hopper; screenwriter Paul Schrader; and last but not least, himself.

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About The Author

An acclaimed Scottish-Irish director, writer and wanderer, Mark Cousins was born and raised in Northern Ireland and has lived in Edinburgh since the 1980s.

His 24 feature-length films (as well as 30 short films) and forty hours of television – including The Story of Film: An Odyssey, What is This Film Called Love?, Life May Be, A Story of Children and Film, Atomic, Stockholm My Love, I am Belfast and The Eyes of Orson Welles – have premiered in Cannes, Berlin, Sundance and Venice film festivals and have won the Prix Italia, a Peabody, the Presentence of Vision Award in San Francisco, The Maverick Award in Dublin, the Stanley Kubrick Award and the European Film Award for Innovative Storytelling and many other prizes. He has filmed in Iraq, Sarajevo during the siege, Iran, Mexico, across Asia and in America and Europe.

Mark Cousins is also the author of five books, including the acclaimed The Story of Film (Pavilion Books, with the BBC series), Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary (Faber and Faber) and The Story of Looking (Canongate Books).

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About The Author

An acclaimed Scottish-Irish director, writer and wanderer, Mark Cousins was born and raised in Northern Ireland and has lived in Edinburgh since the 1980s.

His 24 feature-length films (as well as 30 short films) and forty hours of television – including The Story of Film: An Odyssey, What is This Film Called Love?, Life May Be, A Story of Children and Film, Atomic, Stockholm My Love, I am Belfast and The Eyes of Orson Welles – have premiered in Cannes, Berlin, Sundance and Venice film festivals and have won the Prix Italia, a Peabody, the Presentence of Vision Award in San Francisco, The Maverick Award in Dublin, the Stanley Kubrick Award and the European Film Award for Innovative Storytelling and many other prizes. He has filmed in Iraq, Sarajevo during the siege, Iran, Mexico, across Asia and in America and Europe.

Mark Cousins is also the author of five books, including the acclaimed The Story of Film (Pavilion Books, with the BBC series), Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary (Faber and Faber) and The Story of Looking (Canongate Books).

Weight 820 g
Dimensions 235 × 147 × 53 mm