‘A Story of Children and Film’ by Mark Cousins

It will be screened from 9-17 April 2014 at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, Southbank, London, SE1 8XT. For screening times and tickets click here.

Mark Cousins, the author of ‘Here Be Dragons’, a film essay about Albania screened at Frontline Club in London in January 2014, is presenting Albanian film again, this time at BFI Southbank cinema in London as part of ‘A Story of Children and Film’.

This is a moveable feast. Watch out for the Albanian drama Tomka and his Friends, a 1977 film from D. Xhanfise Keko in a spanking new print.

‘A Story of Children and Film’ is an eclectic piece, and it somehow leaves the impression that Cousins’ own presenting voice, however quiet its intonations are, is on the stroppy side, not unlike that of some of his subjects. If that’s the case, it’s a stroppiness that has more than paid off over the years, not least for the sheer determination that enabled A Story of Film to be made.

Every cinephile is going to have a personal perspective on Mark Cousins’ A Story of Children and Film, an engrossing, affectionate, and frequently revelatory look over how aspects of childhood, and children, have been portrayed on screen over more than half a century, from almost every cinematic tradition that we’ve heard of – or, rather more often, that we haven’t heard of.

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