The Long Day Closes

Terence Davies’s follow-up to Distant Voices, Still Lives extends his autobiographical memoirs into the 1950s.

Terence Davies’s follow-up to Distant Voices, Still Lives extends his autobiographical memoirs into the 50s.

Following his prize-winning debut feature film Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), in 1992 Terence Davies made The Long Day Closes, now released by the BFI on DVD, alongside The Terence Davies Trilogy.

Terence Davies’s lyrical hymn to childhood revisits the same territory as Distant Voices, Still Lives, this time focusing on his own memories of growing up in a working-class Catholic family in Liverpool.

Eleven-year-old Bud (a heartbreaking performance from Leigh McCormack) finds escape from the greyness of 50s Britain through trips to the cinema and in the warmth of family life. But as he gets older, the agonies of the adult world; the casual cruelty of bullying, the tyranny of school and the dread of religion, begin to invade his life.

Time and memory blend and blur through Davies’s fluid camerawork; slow tracking shots, pans and dreamlike dissolves combine to create the world of Bud’s imagination and the lost paradise of his childhood.

Special features

  • Full feature commentary with Terence Davies and Director of Photography Mick Coulter (Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually).
  • On-set interview with production designer Christopher Hobbs (Velvet Goldmine, Orlando).
  • Previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage of Terence Davies directing.
  • 18-page illustrated booklet with essays, director biography and credits.
  • Fully uncompressed PCM stereo audio.

Product information

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    • Subtitles

      English for the hard-of-hearing

    • Original aspect ratio

      DVD 9, 1.85:1

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

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Buying options

Available to buy

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    Distant Voices, Still Lives

    Terence Davies’ stunning debut feature paints a lyrical portrait of family life, love, grief and the highs and lows of being human.

  • Terence Davies Collection

    Terence Davies Collection

    Six films, including three shorts, by one of contemporary cinema’s true poets.

  • Of Time and the City

    Of Time and the City

    Terence Davies’ rich tapestry of archive and contemporary footage, music, quotation, reminiscence and wickedly funny observation.

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