Terence Davies’ cinematic masterpiece Distant Voices, Still Lives is being screened in Liverpool next weekend – and the city-born director will take part in a special live Q&A at the Wood Street venue.
The event takes place at Picturehouse at FACT on September 2 to help mark 30 years since the classic British film was first released.
Davies’ partly autobiographical tale vividly evokes his post-war upbringing in Liverpool as the son of a working-class Catholic home dominated by the violence of his father, played by the late Pete Postlethwaite.
The second ‘Still Lives’ section is set in the 1950s when the children, now growing up, emerge in to a Britain still waiting for a rock and roll revolution.
Using dynamic lighting, an evocative soundtrack and a fragmented structure, Davies constructs a drama suffused with both beauty and horror.
It is also a world saturated with popular culture – Hollywood musicals, radio comedy shows, racing commentaries and football results. Above all, there is the popular music of the period which is a powerful trigger of memory both for the characters and for viewers of the film.
Distant Voices, Still Lives. Photos courtesy of BFI
Distant Voices, Still Lives - which won the International Critics Prize at Cannes in 1988 - was filmed in Liverpool and London, and along with Everyman alumnus Postlethwaite the cast also includes familiar faces like Jean Boht, Michael Starke, Drew Schofield, Debi Jones, Vincent Maguire and Pauline Quirke.
The film being screened at FACT next weekend is a new 4K restoration by the BFI National Archive from the original camera negative. It is being shown on the big screen around the UK before being released on Blu-ray later this year.
The Liverpool screening will be followed by a Q&A with Kensington-raised Davies himself.
For more details and to book a seat visit the website HERE