Distant Voices, Still Lives

This is the first feature film of Liverpudlian Terence Davies, obviously autobiographical, dealing with a family called Davies and their lives during the 1940s and 1950s.

With:
Freda Dowie Pete Postlethwaithe Angela Walsh Dean Williams Lorraine Ashbourne

This is the first feature film of Liverpudlian Terence Davies, obviously autobiographical, dealing with a family called Davies and their lives during the 1940s and 1950s.

The film is divided into two parts: Distant Voices (45 mins) centers on the wedding of Eileen, eldest of the three Davies children, and the funeral of her father, events which spark memories of the past, including the frightening war years when the city was bombed frequently; Still Lives (39 mins) actually was filmed two years after the first part, with the same actors but with a substantially different crew. It’s a seamless continuation which climaxes with the wedding of another of the clan, son Tony.

The film is full of singing, as the characters break into familiar songs at family gatherings or in the local pub. This isn’t a film based on nostalgia, though; its very special qualities stem from the beautiful simplicity of direction, writing and playing, and the accuracy of the incidents depicted.

Distant Voices, Still Lives

UK

Production: BFI/Film Four. Director Terence Davies; Producer Jennifer Howarth; Screenplay Terence Davies; Camera William Diver, Patrick Duval; Editor William Diver; Art Director Miki van Zwanenberg

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 84 MIN.

With: Freda Dowie Pete Postlethwaithe Angela Walsh Dean Williams Lorraine Ashbourne

More Film

  • Locarno: FiGa Films Acquires ‘Temporada,’ Drops

    Locarno: FiGa Films Acquires ‘Temporada,’ Drops Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

    This is the first feature film of Liverpudlian Terence Davies, obviously autobiographical, dealing with a family called Davies and their lives during the 1940s and 1950s. The film is divided into two parts: Distant Voices (45 mins) centers on the wedding of Eileen, eldest of the three Davies children, and the funeral of her father, […]

  • Brazil Launches New Audiovisual Production Hub

    Brazil Launches New Audiovisual Production Hub in Niteroi

    This is the first feature film of Liverpudlian Terence Davies, obviously autobiographical, dealing with a family called Davies and their lives during the 1940s and 1950s. The film is divided into two parts: Distant Voices (45 mins) centers on the wedding of Eileen, eldest of the three Davies children, and the funeral of her father, […]

  • Indian Fantasy 'Tumbbad' to Kick Off

    Indian Fantasy 'Tumbbad' to Kick Off Venice Critics' Week

    This is the first feature film of Liverpudlian Terence Davies, obviously autobiographical, dealing with a family called Davies and their lives during the 1940s and 1950s. The film is divided into two parts: Distant Voices (45 mins) centers on the wedding of Eileen, eldest of the three Davies children, and the funeral of her father, […]

  • 'A Star Is Born' to World

    'A Star Is Born' to World Premiere at Venice Film Festival

    This is the first feature film of Liverpudlian Terence Davies, obviously autobiographical, dealing with a family called Davies and their lives during the 1940s and 1950s. The film is divided into two parts: Distant Voices (45 mins) centers on the wedding of Eileen, eldest of the three Davies children, and the funeral of her father, […]

  • SUPER CYCLE. When Helen aka Elastigirl

    Korea Box Office: ‘Incredibles 2’ Beats ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

    This is the first feature film of Liverpudlian Terence Davies, obviously autobiographical, dealing with a family called Davies and their lives during the 1940s and 1950s. The film is divided into two parts: Distant Voices (45 mins) centers on the wedding of Eileen, eldest of the three Davies children, and the funeral of her father, […]

  • Bobby Robson Film Goes International With

    Bobby Robson Documentary Goes International With Dogwoof (EXCLUSIVE)

    This is the first feature film of Liverpudlian Terence Davies, obviously autobiographical, dealing with a family called Davies and their lives during the 1940s and 1950s. The film is divided into two parts: Distant Voices (45 mins) centers on the wedding of Eileen, eldest of the three Davies children, and the funeral of her father, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content