Q&A With Terence Davies (2018, 32 mins): recorded after the UK premiere of the new restoration at BFI Southbank
Distant Voices, Still Lives (Blu-ray) BFI
In celebration of its 30th anniversary and following a theatrical release to renewed critical acclaim, the BFI brings Terence Davies’ poetic, heart-breaking feature Distant Voices, Still Lives to Blu-ray in a stunning new 4K restoration. The film is accompanied by many extra features including a new Q&A with Terence Davies, his own audio commentary, interviews, trailers and more.
The film, depicting life in working-class Liverpool from the 1940s into the 50s, is already a modern classic.
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 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), and it was voted one of the greatest British films by Sight & Sound.
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