The Story of Looking

BBFC RatingThe Story of Looking

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DirectorMark Cousins
Running Time1HR 30MINS
SeasonMain Programme

As he prepares for surgery to restore his vision, documentarian Mark Cousins explores the role that visual experience plays in our individual and collective lives.

In a deeply personal meditation on the power of looking in his own life, Cousins guides audiences through the riches of the visible world, a kaleidoscope of extraordinary imagery across cultures and eras. At a time when the public are more assailed by images than ever, Cousins reveals how looking makes us who we are, lying at the heart of the human experience, empathy, discovery and thought. He shares the pleasure and pain of seeing the world, in all its complexity and contradiction, with eyes wide open.

As the Covid-19 pandemic brings another dramatic shift of perspective, Cousins reaches out to the other lookers for their vision from lockdown, and travels to the future to consider how his looking life will continue to develop until the very end.  

The 5.30pm screening on Sunday 3 October will feature a Q&A with filmmaker Mark Cousins.

“A rich cinematic journey into the art of seeing and how it connects us with culture, ourselves and each other.” - Phil de Semlyen, Time Out

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