Terence Davies was born in Liverpool on 10 November 1945, the youngest child in a large working-class family. After working for ten years as a clerk in a shipping office and a book-keeper in an accountancy firm, he entered Coventry School of Drama in 1971. There he wrote the script for Children, which he directed after he left with backing from the BFI Production Board. He then went to the National Film School, where he completed Madonna and Child as his graduation film in 1980. Three years later, thanks to funding from the Greater London Arts Association and the BFI, he made Death and Transfiguration. These three short to medium-length films comprise The Terence Davies Trilogy, which put him on the cinematic map as one of the most original British film-makers of the late 20th century.
In the Trilogy and the two films that followed, Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and The Long Day Closes (1992), Davies reconstructs his childhood and youth in a working-class district of Liverpool… read more
Using the same highly impressionistic approach of his first two films, Davies creates a rich and often disturbing evocation of a specific time and place, exaggerated as a subjective recollection of his central character. The narrative, fractured into a series of significant events, is carried along by the power of the images (in contrast with the text), and Davies' always remarkable use of sound(s) and music.
On the English auteur’s first fictional feature in eleven years—"The Deep Blue Sea".