Women Make Film: Tension, Stasis and Leave Out M

Illustration of a woman with a movie camera
04 February
Arc Cinema
Free (bookings essential)
Dir: Mark Cousins, M, United Kingdom, 2018, 60mins, DCP,


This chapter looks at thrillers, including gripping scenes from Joel DeMott’s documentary Demon Lover Diary, Kathryn Bigelow’s Blue Steel, Carol Morley’s Dreams of a Life, Mimi Leder’s The Peacemaker and Marleen Gorris’ remarkable A Question of Silence.


Cinema is an action art – isn’t it? Directors Angela Schanelec, Nanouk Leopold, Kira Muratova, Chantal Akerman, Sharon Lockhart and Sabiha Sumar, among others, show us the pleasures and beauties of the held moment.

Leave Out

In this chapter, some of the great filmmakers from around the world withhold a moment or a scene, and their films are better for it.

See more episodes in our Women Make Film series.



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