Mark and Thom will discuss Mark’s career in filmmaking, curation and his work in Belfast.

Thom Powers is the documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival and artistic director of DOC NYC, the largest documentary festival in the USA. He is the creator and host of the podcast Pure Nonfiction where he’s interviewed over 100 documentary filmmakers.

Mark Cousins is a filmmaker, writer and curator. His films – such as The First Movie, Atomic, Here be Dragons, I am Belfast, A Story of Children and Film, Life May Be – have won the Prix Italia, a Peabody and the Stanley Kubrick Award. His books include Imagining Reality:The Faber Book of Documentary and The Story of Looking. His themes are looking, cities, cinema, childhood, internationalism and recovery. His favourite documentaries have been made by Pirjo Honkasalo, Noriaki Tsuchimoto and Anand Patwardhan.