6 Desires: DH Lawrence and Sardinia
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    6 Desires: DH Lawrence and Sardinia

    Directed by

    United Kingdom, Italy

    2014

    85 min

    • English

    Documentary

    In 1921, DH Lawrence and his wife Frieda von Richthofen journeyed to Sardinia, where they spent the winter travelling. He wrote a book about his experiences and now Mark Cousins retraces his footsteps, armed with a camcorder and an inexhaustible reserve of curiosity. The film is conceived partly as a letter to Lawrence – or ‘Bert’, as he calls him, a detail that’s typical of the film’s inviting sense of conversational intimacy. A lively chronicle of Cousin’s own trip through Sardinia, the film is a bracing reflection on a dizzying range of subjects, including Lawrence’s creative impulses, fascism, the island’s Catholic rituals and the writings of such thinkers as Hélène Cixous and Antonio Gramsci.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Mark Cousins
    Laura Marcellino
    Production
    THIRD FILMS LTD.
    Festival Bookings
    THE FESTIVAL AGENCY

    Press

    An esoteric essay-film for already converted Cousins fans.

    John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

    Mark Cousins

    Mark Cousins

    United Kingdom

    Movies have broadened out. They started as a babbling brook and now they’re a big, wide river – and all over the world.

    Mark Cousins is a Northern Irish filmmaker, critic and programmer. He programmed the Edinburgh FF (1996-97), hosted BBC2’s MOVIEDROME (1997-2000) and SCENE BY SCENE (1999-2000). He is the author of "The Story of Film" and co-wrote "Imagining Reality: the Faber Book of Documentary" with Kevin Macdonald. In addition, he is the co-founder (with Tilda Swinton) of the 8½ Foundation which is a Scottish-based not-for-profit organisation dedicated to introducing world cinema to children. His works include THE FIRST MOVIE, THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick Award from Michael Moore) and many more including 6 DESIRES: DH LAWRENCE AND SARDINIA, LIFE MAY BE, A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM, WHAT IS THIS FILM CALLED LOVE?, HERE BE DRAGONS, I AM BELFAST, and more. Cousins curated a season of films for the Romanian Cultural Institute in London. In 2016 he made his debut as a fiction director with STOCKHOLM MY LOVE, which was released in the UK by the BFI. In 2017 he completed BIGGER THAN THE SHINING. His latest book, The Story of Looking, is about humankind's visual engagement with the world. That year he also completed the film THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES about the filmmaker's graphic art. At the start of 2018, he has just completed a 2 hour, four screen, commission for the Rotterdam Film Festival, Storm in My Heart, and is editing a 22 hour film, Eye Opener, which looks again at cinema, from the perspective of women directors.

    Selected Filmography