Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema

Original Release: Spring 2019
Directed by: Mark Cousins
Written by: Mark Cousins
Produced by: John Archer, Tilda Swinton
Running Time: 16 hours

The epic undertaking is made up of forty chapters to be narrated by Tilda Swinton and other leading women in cinema and celebrate female directors from around the world. According to the production, “using almost a thousand film extracts from thirteen decades and five continents, the film will show how films are made, shot and edited; how stories are shaped and how movies depict life, love, politics, humour and death, all through the lens of some of the world’s greatest women directors.”

It will be an episodic 16-hour documentary, whose first four hours will debut on the Lido and the project is produced by Hopscotch Films, with Dogwoof handling world sales. Swinton will also serve as an executive producer on the movie, which is debuting in Venice’s Classics strand.

It's four years in the making and still in production, the finished film will be ready in spring 2019.


Tilda Swinton (narrator), Agnès Varda, Antonia Bird (archive footage), Jane Campion, Angelina Jolie, Lynne Ramsay, Sally Potter, Lois Weber, Anne Hui, Safi Faye, Mania Akbari, Binka Zhelyazkova, Clio Barnard, Maya Deren (archive footage), Pirjo Honkasalo, Marva Nabili, Sumitra Peries, Kinuyo Tanaka, Moufida Tlatli, Wendy Toye (archive footage), Lois Weber (archive footage), Binka Zhelyazkova (archive footage)

  • It will be shown at the Venice Film Festival in Italy on September 1, 2018.