To celebrate the launch of our Eisenstein Programme we wished to commission a contemporary artwork that engaged with Eisenstein’s legacy in a surprising and playful way. An explicit theme of our programme was the film director’s relationship to England and English culture. Would this be interesting thematic territory for a film or art work and does Eisenstein’s work still speak to filmmakers today?
Mark Cousins is a filmmaker, critic and programmer. He programmed the Edinburgh Film Festival (1996 – 97), hosted BBC2’s Moviedrome (1997 – 2000), and is the author of The Story of Film and (with Kevin Macdonald) ‘Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary’. His movies include The First Movie, The Story of Film: An Odyssey and A Story of Children and Film, What is This Thing Called Love and 6 Degrees: DH Lawrence in Sardinia. He is the co-founder with Tilda Swinton of the 81/2 Foundation.