Having received its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month where it was awarded a Special Distinction for the L'Œil d'Or documentary award, The Eyes of Orson Welles will arrive in UK cinemas on 17 August. A new documentary by critically acclaimed filmmaker Mark Cousins (A Story of Children and Film), the film will receive its UK premiere at Sheffield Doc Fest in June and at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Directed, written, filmed and narrated by Cousins, the film is based upon unprecedented and exclusive access to a lifetime of private drawings and paintings by Welles, most never before made public.
For the first time, his daughter Beatrice Welles has granted Cousins the exclusive right to make a film using her father's artworks. They are a sketchbook of his life, a window into his world and a vivid illustration of his creativity and visual thinking. Cousins reveals how Welles' graphic imagination is the key to understanding his ground-breaking work in the theatre and on film.