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Mark Cousins premieres 'love letter to home city' I Am Belfast

Mark Cousins and actress Helena Bereen at the world premier of I Am Belfast

Mark Cousins and actress Helena Bereen at the world premier of I Am Belfast

I Am Belfast, the latest feature film from Mark Cousins, produced by John Archer and Chris Martin, had its world premiere as the opening film of the Belfast Film Festival. The night was a great success and reactions have been very positive. See below for press clippings and a glimpse of the night itself. 

Iconic Glasgow photographer on BBC2

Famous for his photograph dubbed The Castlemilk Lads in 1963, Oscar Marzaroli took some of the most iconic images of Glasgow. This new documentary explores the life of the photographer and revisits a few of his subjects. Man With A Camera is broadcasting Tuesday 1st April 22:00 BBC2 Scotland. 

Paris had Cartier-Bresson, New York - Diane Arbus and Glasgow - Oscar Marzaroli. Man with a Camera celebrates the life and work of Glasgow's pre-eminent photographer, using some of the 50,000 shots taken over thirty years - a moving portrait of a love affair between a man and his city, and the affection in which he is held today.

Marzaroli's black-and-white photographs have become synonymous with a post-war Scotland in the throes of regeneration. They captured both the aspects of the old, such as the rag-and-bone man in the Gorbals or the cockle gatherers of Barra, and the paraphernalia of the new - cranes, towers and construction at Glasgow's Charing Cross.

As Glasgow's landscape changes once again and the high-rises that Marzaroli documented going up are gradually being razed to the ground, this film celebrates Marzaroli's remarkable photographic legacy.

Find clips here. 

Glottal stops and rolling Rs, a masterclass in the Scottish accent

A wee preview of our upcoming documentary on the Scottish accent on screen. Alex Norton joins an actors' class in London as they prepare to master the Scottish accent. 

Dream Me Up Scotty: The Scottish Accent on Screen broadcasts on Monday 23rd December 9pm. See the BBC website for more details. 

Alex sing yer heart out!

Here's Alex Norton having a wee sing song in the famous Britannia Panopticon. He's following the footsteps of many a Scots actor who started their career in the music halls before making it onto the silver screen. Director John MacLaverty filmed Alex singing 'Cead Mile Failte' during a break from shooting Dream Me Up Scotty: The Scottish Accent on Screen. The documentary will screen on BBC1 Scotland on December 23rd at 9pm so make sure to tune in!

The Story of Film wins award

Hopscotch is delighted by the news that The Story of Film has been awared the Stanley Kubrick prize at Traverse City Film Festival! Michael Moore who founded the festival now in its eighth year, said Mark Cousins' documentary was "one of the greatest" and one "we'll be watching all our lives."

Well done Mark!

The films within the film

The Berlinale Film Festival is over and another group of completists stayed the 15 hour course.

Many have been in touch on our Facebook page to ask about the films included in the Odyssey. So if you're planning your own film marathons you may find this download useful. (Just to warn you, it's quite long)

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Berlinale Festival 2012

Exciting news: Mark Cousins has been invited to screen the full 900 minutes of The Story of Film at this year's International Film festival Berlinale. It will be screened as part of the Berlinale Special programme which features 'new and extraordinary productions'. The festival states the programme's role is to 'to honour great cinema personalities by showing their films and to immerse audiences in cinematic history by screening film classics.' We think Mark is an excellent addition to the selection! See more on the festival website here.


The Festival is on between the 9th and 19th of February with the Story of Film on the 16th/17th.

Best of 2011...

The Story of Film has been picked by Time Out magazine as the TV highlight of the year. TV editor Gabriel Tate made Mark Cousin's epic journey across cinema history his number one pick. Read the article here.

Mark Cousins’s monumental undertaking was simply magnificent, keynote television to rank alongside ‘Civilisation’ or ‘The Ascent of Man’. It looked like our dreams, indeed.

Project 101 to feature Clara Glynn and John Archer

Hopscotch filmmakers Clara Glyn and John Archer have been selected as part of a collective of 40 artists to feature short films in Project 101, New York. The installation features 101 silent films of exactly 101 seconds long and will be displayed on an array of monitors in the store front space.

The exhibit will be on from 4th-25th November 2011, 501 Lex at 47th St. For more information visit


Standing ovation for Mark Cousins at Toronto International Film Festival

Here's the band of avid audience who attended every day of the five days premiere of The Story of Film: An Odyssey at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Indiewire called it 'orgiastic' in its review and find out what the audience thought here.