Big screen classics

Distant Voices, Still Lives

A bold and vivid look at the pains and pleasures of family life.

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UK-West Germany 1988
Dir Terence Davies
With Freda Dowie, Pete Postlethwaite, Angela Walsh, Lorraine Ashbourne
84min
Digital 4K
Certificate 15

Inspired by the experiences of his parents and siblings in postwar Liverpool, Davies’ profoundly personal look at the pains and pleasures of family life contrasts a father’s oppressive violence with maternal love, sisterly banter and a warmly supportive community. The boldly fragmented narrative, striking compositions and elegant camera movements transform poignant memories into cinema as vivid and fresh as a dream.

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The screening on Wed 7 Jul will feature a pre-recorded intro by film critic Thirza Wakefield