Distant Voices, Still Lives

United Kingdom, 1988 / 84 Mins

Director: Terence Davies

Starring: Freda Dowie, Dean Williams, Peter Postlethwaite, Angela Walsh, Lorraine Ashbourne, Sally Davies

Drawn from his own family memories, Distant Voices, Still Lives is a strikingly intimate portrait of working class life in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool. Focusing on the real-life experiences of his mother, sisters and brother whose lives are thwarted by their brutal, sadistic father, the film shows us beauty and terror in equal measure. Davies paints a lyrical portrait of family life – of love, grief, and the highs and lows of being human, a ‘poetry of the everyday that is at once deeply autobiographical and universally resonant. Winner of the International Critics’ Prize, Cannes 1988.

No6 Cinema will be showing this film as a tribute to the film’s director, Terence Davies, who died on 7th October 2023.