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Widescreen: The First Movie

Making my first full-length feature film was no big deal—winning the Prix Italia and taking it on tour has blown my mind

By Mark Cousins   November 2010

On location: Mark Cousins with a budding Iraqi filmmaker

What’s the relationship between liking and making? If I like Chinese food, do I automatically have the desire to make it? If I like The Smiths, do I want to make music like them?

The answers are no, of course. But why not? Liking and making are very different activities. The latter calls, the former responds. Liking is more passive: it involves less process. You need neither a wok nor a guitar. And liking something while not wanting to make it involves, among other things, a determination not to enter the…

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