LONDON — HanWay Films has snapped up worldwide sales rights to Mark Cousins’ “The Story of Film: An Odyssey,” which is screening at this year’s Toronto Film Festival.
The Brit docu, produced by Hopscotch Films, is helmed and penned by Cousins, and is based on his tome that tells the history of cinema from the silent to the digital age.
The 15-part docu, which was six years in the making, is shot on six continents covering 12 decades and a thousand pics. It features interviews with filmmakers such as Wim Wenders, Gus Van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Bernardo Bertolucci and Jane Campion.
Producer John Archer of Hopscotch negotiated the deal with HanWay’s managing director Thorsten Schumacher, and director of sales and distribution Fabien Westerhoff.
HanWay will be shopping the pic to buyers in Toronto, while the fest is screening the docu for three hours a day from Sept. 12-16.
It began airing in Blighty on Channel 4’s docu strand More 4 as a 15-part series on Sept. 3.
HanWay world preemed three prime offerings in Venice — Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights” and David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method.”
The sales rep is likely to be busy searching for U.S. distribution for both “Shame” and “Wuthering Heights,” which have yet to snap up domestic buyers.