Mark Cousins after a few late nights, (Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Mark Cousins may look he’s been dragged through a hedge backwards  in his publicity photos but he is a gentle soul with a lot of wisdom to impart.

I enjoyed an interview in the Guardian  about his new movie that has been  premiered at Cannes and can’t wait to see  A Story Of Children And Film.

This sounds like it follows in the same vein as the wonderful Story Of Film series he made for Channel 4, ie. lilting voiceover and a refreshingly global perspective on the magic of movies.

He explains how children can be more transparent and truthful than adults : “They are not ashamed of bawling or crying just because they want something – and switching it off and turning at once to laughter. They don’t feel they have to disguise the nakedness of those emotions. It’s not just that we mask and they don’t – they are faster in their feelings, I think.”