Terence Davies Collection

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

Considered by many to be Britain’s most gifted and remarkable filmmaker, Terence Davies’ visually stunning, intensely personal films have impressed audiences the world over and seen him proclaimed by critics as one of contemporary cinema’s true poets.

The Terence Davies Trilogy (1976-1983)

These three semi-autobiographical short films follow the journey of Robert Tucker, first seen as a hangdog child in Children, then as a hollow-eyed middle-aged man in Madonna and Child, and finally as a decrepit old man in Death and Transfiguration. Dreamlike and profoundly moving.

UK | 1976-1983 | black and white | 94 minutes | DVD-9 | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1

Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

An impressionistic view of working-class life in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool starring Freda Dowie and Pete Postlethwaite. Through a series of exquisite tableaux Davies creates a deeply affecting photo album of a troubled family wrestling with the complexity of love.

UK | 1988 | colour | 80 minutes | DVD-9 | Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16 x 9 anamorphic)

The Long Day Closes (1992)

Bud’s home is happy and safe, but his Catholic school is a harsh world where teachers administer lashings, and he is bullied and friendless. Once again Davies creates a dreamlike montage of memories, using gliding tracking shots and an artful layering of pop songs and religious music.

UK | 1992 | colour | 85 minutes | DVD-9 | Aspect ratio 1.85:1

Of Time and the City (2008)

Davies revisits the city of his youth in this deeply personal BAFTA-nominated evocation of post-World War II Liverpool. Through the film’s patchwork visual poetry, woven entirely from painstakingly researched archival footage, Davies explores an urban landscape that echoes his own troubled past to speak candidly of his childhood experiences.

UK | 2008 | colour, and black and white | 74 minutes | DVD-9 | Aspect ratio 1.77: 1 (16 x 9 anamorphic widescreen)

Special features

  • Audio Commentaries for each film.
  • On-set interviews.
  • Behind the scenes footage.
  • Making-of documentaries.
  • Original trailers.
  • Exclusive interviews with Terence Davies.
  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring essays, credits and biographical information.

Product information

    • Certificate

      15

    • Colour

      Colour and Black/white

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      333mins

    • DVD region

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

    • Catalogue number

      BFIVD871

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  • 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.

  • The Terence Davies Trilogy

    The Terence Davies Trilogy

    Terence Davies’ singular talent and style emerge over the course of these three short films.

  • The Long Day Closes

    The Long Day Closes

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

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