Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Distant Voices, Still Lives
Terence Davies’ lacerating memory film of “his” mid-century Liverpool is one of the defining films of late 20th-century British cinema
Felt rather than narrated, this rich fusion of postwar American and British popular culture (particularly its music, often sung a cappella by the film’s characters) is one of the great evocations of the relationship between the personal and the communal, the lived past and memory, cultural artefacts and their often-haunting everyday use.
With Pete Postlethwaite.
Distant Voices, Still Lives screened at ACMI in 2019 as part of Melbourne Cinematheque. These are the original notes from that program.
5 August 2020
See below for additional related events
How to watch
Great Directors: Terence Davies
Joanna Di Mattia, Senses of Cinema, August 2017
The Art of Memory: Terence Davies’ Distant Voices, Still Lives
Adrian Danks, Senses of Cinema, September 2001
The Film Comment Podcast: Great Debuts, Still Masters
Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment, 30 August 2018