The Terence Davies Trilogy

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

While at Coventry Drama School in the early 1970s, Terence Davies wrote the script for Children, which he directed in 1976. He subsequently took up a place at the National Film School and, with the support of the BFI Production Board, made his graduation film Madonna and Child (1980). Three years later, also part-funded by the BFI, he completed the Trilogy with Death and Transfiguration.

The film has been restored by the BFI National Archive, who worked closely with Davies himself. Before Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and The Long Day Closes confirmed Terence Davies’ status as one of the cinematic masters of our day, these three early shorts reveal a filmmaker of great promise.

In stark black and white, Davies excavates the life of his fictional alter ego, Robert Tucker, in a narrative that slips between childhood, middle age and death, shaping the raw materials of his own life into a rich tapestry of experiences and impressions.

Over the course of these three films, we witness the emergence of Davies’ singular talent and style, the refinement of his technique, and a director growing in confidence, soon to become fted as British cinema’s greatest film poet.

Special features

  • Full feature commentary by Terence Davies.
  • Filmed interview with Terence Davies by Geoff Andrew.
  • 10-page illustrated booklet including essays by Derek Jarman and Distant Voices, Still Lives producer Jennifer Howarth.

Product information

    • Certificate

      15

    • Colour

      Black/white

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      94mins

    • Subtitles

      English for the hard-of-hearing

    • Original aspect ratio

      DVD-9, original aspect ratio 1.33:1

    • 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

      BFIVD752

Buying options

Available to buy

  • 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.

  • 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.

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