After 14 hours, hundreds of films and countless lessons learned, Women Make Film positions itself as one of the most essential documentaries about cinema ever made. Mark Cousins' monumental work is a necessary corrective but more than that, a joyous and moving experience, acting as a companion to his Story Of Film. Presenters like Kerry Fox, Tilda Swinton and Jane Fonda add so much. I'm in awe.
Classic Cousins flex. He visits countries, grave-sites, meets cool people. He visits the national film archives and then raves to us about all the cool films that we literally have no way of seeing. Women is an interesting, worthy proposition that only half worked for me. Technique is prioritised, politics are missing. Maybe we have politics enough? Without Story's structure it feels long, repetitive.