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Distant Voices, Still Lives M

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Terence Davies’ moving memoir of family life in working-class Liverpool during the 1940s and 1950s is gorgeously restored to mark its 30th anniversary.

Terence Davies (Sunset Song, MIFF 2016) declared himself a filmmaker of singular vision with his first feature film. Distant Voices, Still Lives is a deeply personal view of growing up in Liverpool after the Second World War. Painting memory in fragments, Davies focuses on life with a tyrannical, abusive father (Pete Postlethwaite), and the aftermath of his death for his wife and three adult children.

Winner of the International Critics Prize at Cannes in 1988, Distant Voices, Still Lives is an exquisitely composed triumph of visual storytelling and memoir cinema. Davies’ eye for period authenticity is unequalled, and his use of popular songs adds emotional resonance without sentimentality. This restoration by the British Film Institute confirms its position among the greatest of all British films. Once seen, never forgotten.

“A visual tour de force unmatched in British cinema.” – The Guardian

Tickets

0481
Sat 10 Aug 4:15 pm [0481]
The Astor Theatre Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Key Cast
Angela Walsh, Dean Williams, Freda Dowie, Lorraine Ashbourne, Pete Postlethwaite
Director
Terence Davies
Producers
Colin MacCabe, Jennifer Howarth
Screenwriter
Terence Davies
Cinematographer
Patrick Duval, William Diver
Editor
William Diver
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: BFI Distribution

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