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Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

The Story of Film

Film program

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15 Jul – 5 Aug 2020

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Journey through the complete history of cinema in this special 4-week season

While Melbourne remains in lockdown, our Virtual Cinémathèque is traversing the globe with Mark Cousins’ documentary series, The Story of Film: An Odyssey. Over the next four weeks, this series will form the spine of our program as we present select episodes accompanied by feature films cited in the series.

Based on Mark Cousins' 2004 book of the same name, The Story of Film: An Odyssey is a 15-hour episodic film that charts 12 decades, 6 continents and thousands of films. The documentary was released in 2012 and played on UK Television, international film festivals and in cinemas. At ACMI we welcomed audiences over five nights to see the full 15-hour series in its entirety!

Ahead of these screenings, we spoke to Mark Cousins about The Story of Film: An Odyssey. Scroll down to read the interview and explore the first instalment of his film below.

– Kristy Matheson, Director of ACMI's Film Programs

An interview with Mark Cousins

We spoke to the writer and director of The Story of Film: An Odyssey ahead of our Virtual Cinémathèque season.

Mark Cousins - publicity shot

Films in this program

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Critical Dialogue: The Story of Film
Max Nelson, Film Comment, 1 February 2013

First Person | Mark Cousins on His Epic Story of Film
Peter Knegt, IndieWire, 12 September 2011

Dear John Grierson: A Postscript to The Story of Film (rough cut)
Mark Cousins, BFI, 21 April 2017

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