Dean Williams and Angela Walsh in a still from Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) directed by Terence Davies
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Distant Voices, Still Lives

Terence Davies | United Kingdom, West Germany | 1988 | M

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5 August 2020

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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.

Format: DCP, Colour
Language: English
Source: BFI

Event duration

85 mins



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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

The cast of Distant Voices Still Lives 1988

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