Classic Film: Distant Voices, Still Lives
Thirty years after its initial release, one of the most acclaimed films in British cinema history returns to the big screen in a new 4K digital print restored by the BFI from the original camera negative.
Terence Davies' partly autobiographical tale evokes his upbringing in Liverpool after the war in a working-class home dominated by the violence of his father, fearsomely played by then newcomer the late Pete Postlethwaite. Using dynamic lighting, a superb soundtrack and a fragmented structure, Davies constructs a distinctive drama suffused with both beauty and horror. The film was voted the third greatest British film of all-time in a 2011 Time Out poll.
'When (a then) forty-four-year-old man makes a movie about his family and friends sitting around singing old tunes, you certainly don’t expect an unforgettable amalgam of humor and heartbreak. But that is precisely what Terence Davies delivers.' Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
'Contains some of the most beautiful, poetic filmmaking in British cinema.' Maximilian Von Thun, CineVue
'A brilliant emotional and powerful film full of great acting… Unique and highly recommended.' Emily B., Super Reviewer