Distant Voices, Still Lives

Terence Davies’ loving portrait of working-class Liverpool, starring Pete Postlethwaite.

UK-West Germany 1988
Dir Terence Davies
With Freda Dowie, Pete Postlethwaite, Lorraine Ashbourne
Digital 4K (in NFT1, NFT2 and NFT3 only)
Certificate 15
A BFI release

Now that Eileen, Maisie and Tony are adults, their childhood memories – and in particular those associated with their father – are inconsistent. While Eileen clings to happier times, her siblings remember his brutal and violent nature, which has been a major influence on their growth and development. This troubled family must deal with the day-to-day alongside their past. Terence Davies creates a loving portrait with this partly autobiographical tale (shot in two sections, with a two year gap between), and it was voted one of the greatest British films by Sight & Sound. This new 4K digital print was restored by BFI DVD/Technical Delivery and Theatrical Distribution.

Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer

Also available on BFI Player.