Season: Women Make Film

Date information04 June-10 September
Location informationArc Cinema
Event costSee details below

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema carries on from Mark Cousins’ work on The Story of Film: An Odyssey and is a new road trip covering the art and craft of the movies.  

Five years in the making, this epic journey through film history is made up of 40 ‘chapters’ narrated by Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda, Adjoa Andoh, Sharmila Tagore, Kerry Fox, Thandie Newton and Debra Winger.  

Cousins employs almost 1,000 film extracts from 13 decades and 5 continents to explore how films are made, shot and edited; how stories are shaped; and how movies depict life, love, politics, humour and death, through the compelling lens of some of the world’s greatest directors – all of them women.  

The series is presented monthly in 14 episodes, alongside a selection of the women-directed films that appear in it. 

‘A marvel of passionate cinephilia’ - The Guardian 



Our Women Make Film series screens monthly for FREE (bookings essential).

Book a session pass for all episodes.

Each episode is paired with a feature film: $12 adult / $10 concession.

7-month season pass: $60 Adult / $50 Concession (that’s 2 FILMS FOR FREE! / over 25% discount)  



Season 1: Screenings 1 to 7 | March to September 2022 

Episode 1: Openings and Tone - 12 March, 1:00pm | Blackboards (35mm) - 12 March, 2:30pm

Episode 2: Believability, Character and Meet Cute - 9 April, 1:00pm | Toni Erdmann - 9 April, 2:30pm

Episode 3: Conversation, Framing and Tracking - 7 May, 1:00pm | Outrage - 7 May, 2:30pm

Episode 4: Staging, Journey and Discovery - 4 June, 1:00pm | Faces Places - 4 June, 2:30pm

Episode 5: Adult / Child, Economy and Editing - 9 July, 1:00pm | The Arch - 9 July, 2:30pm

Episode 6: POV, Close-Ups and Dreams - 6 August, 1:00pm | NFSA Restores: Proof - 6 August, 2:30pm

Episode 7: Bodies & Sex - 10 September, 1:00pm | Évolution - 10 September, 2:30pm


Season 2: Screenings 8 to 14 | October 2022 to May 2023 

Details coming soon 



Bookings are essential for all ticketed events. Learn about measures we have in place to keep you COVID-safe here. See the ACT Government COVID-19 website for more information.


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