The Eyes of Orson Welles

World premiere & Special Distinction in the Golden Eye documentary competition at the Cannes Film Festival


Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before – through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush. Executive produced by Michael Moore, The Eyes of Orson Welles brings vividly to life the passions, politics and power of this brilliant 20th-century showman, and explores how the genius of Welles still resonates today in the age of Trump, more than 30 years after his death.

Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins is a Northern Irish filmmaker and writer who lives in Edinburgh. His work as a director includes The Story of Film: An Odyssey, an epic 15-hour documentary which won a Peabody Award and the Stanley Kubrick Award; A Story of Children and Film, a feature doc which world premiered in Cannes; I Am Belfast, a lyrical essay film about his home town; and his fiction debut Stockholm My Love, a grief musical starring and with music by Neneh Cherry. His latest book The Story of Looking was published in the UK last year by Canongate. 


Produced by Bofa Productions, in association with the BBC and Filmstruck, with funding from the National Lottery via Creative Scotland. The Eyes of Orson Welles was written, directed, narrated and shot by Mark Cousins; produced by Mary Bell and Adam Dawtrey, executive produced by Mark Bell, Mark Thomas and Michael Moore; edited by Timo Langer; with artworks courtesy of Beatrice Welles.