Distant Voices, Still Lives

Distant Voices, Still Lives

Director: Terence Davies Cast: Freda Dowie, Pete Postlethwaite, Angela Walsh


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Set in 1940s England, Distant Voices/Still Lives is a compassionate look at a radically dysfunctional family. The son and his mother must endure the casual and overt cruelties of the bull-necked father. The ongoing abuse takes its toll in the form of failed marriages and misguided attempts at seeking security outside the family unit. As was the case with his earlier short subject trilogy (The Children, Madonna and Child, Death and Transfiguration), director Terence Davies based much of the material on his own life, combining rheumy-eyed cynicism with soft-edged nostalgia (the musical track, drawn from popular wartime songs, is particularly evocative).

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2018
UPC: 0760137176787
Original Release: 1988
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: A
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 25,062

Special Features

Brand new 4K restoration, carried out by the British Film Institute and approved by writer-director Terence Davies Commentary by writer-director Terence Davies Interview with Davies Interview with art director Miki van Zwanenberg Introduction by critic Mark Kermode Images of Liverpool, three films from the BFI National Archive: Homes for Workers (1939), Liverpool (1941) and Worker and War-Front No. 3 (1942) Brand new Q&A with Terence Davies, conducted by Geoff Andrew recorded at the BFI Southbank Image gallery Original theatrical and 2018 re-release trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Freda Dowie Mother
Pete Postlethwaite Father
Angela Walsh Eileen
Dean Williams Tony
Lorraine Ashbourne Maisie
Debi Jones Micki
Marie Jelliman Jingles
Sally Davies Eileen as a child
Nathan Walsh Tony as a child
Susan Flanagan Maisie as a child
Michael Starke Dave
Vincent MaGuire George
Antonia Mallen Rose
Chris Darwin Red
Andrew Schofield Les
Anne Dyson Granny
Judith Barker Rose's Family
Chris Benson Rose's Family
Alan Bird Baptismal Priest
Jean Boht Aunty Nell
John Carr Registrar
Carl Chase Uncle Ted
Ina Clough Licensee
Frances Dell Margie
Roy Ford Wedding Priest
Matthew Long Mr. Spaull
Terry Melia Military Policeman
Lorraine Michaels Rose's Family
John Michie Soldier
Jeanette Moseley Barmaid
Pauline Quirke Doreen
John Thomalla Military Policeman

Technical Credits
Terence Davies Director,Screenwriter
Moya Burns Sound/Sound Designer
William Diver Cinematographer,Editor
Patrick Duval Cinematographer
Jennifer Howarth Producer
Monica Howe Costumes/Costume Designer
Jocelyn James Production Designer
Alf Joint Stunts
Lesley Lawson-Rouvray Makeup
Colin MacCabe Executive Producer
Colin Nicolson Sound/Sound Designer
Andy Powell Asst. Director
Richard Robert Special Effects
Olivia Stewart Production Manager
Miki van Zwanenberg Art Director,Production Designer

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Distant Voices, Still Lives 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Operafan48 More than 1 year ago
CINEMA AS MEMOIR Terence Davies ranks as one of the world's great film directors. His style is intimate, idiosyncratic and his directorial eye often hones in on the little details often overlooked in more conventional screen storytelling. In capturing this fictional remembrance of his youth in late 1940s to early 1950s Liverpool , Davies weaves a non-linear account of domestic bliss and chaos, where the latter tends to overwhelm the former. Nevertheless what comes through loud and clear is the director's love for his family, both the deceased and the still living. The segments dealing with his authoritarian father, a man prone to brutally beating his wife and children (brilliantly played by the late, great Pete Postelwaite) are harrowing. Yet Davies brings to his unflinching observance a sense of both anger and forgiveness that lifts his father to a human level that is surprisingly compassionate. Distant Voices Still Lives is challenging, thought provoking and all together different from most films. Davies doesn't always fill the viewer in on what is happening in a scene, though with patience the viewer will have his or her questions answered at a later point in the film. This random method of telling a tale may not be everybody's cup of tea but for those willing to stick it out, by film's end they will be doubly rewarded. This movie is a masterpiece.