Distant Voices, Still Lives

British Film Institute (BFI) (1988)
UK | English | Color | 1h 25min

The second film in Terence Davies's autobiographical series (along with "Trilogy" and "The Long Day Closes") is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on Davies's own family. Through a series of exquisite tableaux Davies creates a deeply affecting photo album of a troubled family wrestling with the complexity of love.

Cast View all

Freda Dowie Mother
Pete Postlethwaite Father
Angela Walsh Eileen
Dean Williams Tony
Lorraine Ashbourne Maisie
Sally Davies Eileen as a Child
Nathan Walsh Tony as a Child
Susan Flanagan Maisie as a Child
Michael Starke Dave
Vincent Maguire George
Antonia Mallen Rose
Debi Jones Micky
Chris Darwin Red
Marie Jelliman Jingles
Andrew Schofield Les
Anne Dyson Granny
Jean Boht Aunty Nell
Alan Bird Baptism Priest
Pauline Quirke Doreen
Matthew Long Mr. Spaull
Frances Dell Margie
Carl Chase Uncle Ted
Roy Ford Wedding Priest
Terry Melia Military Policeman
John Thomalla Military Policeman

Crew View all

Director Terence Davies
Writer Terence Davies
Producer Jennifer Howarth, Colin MacCabe
Photography Patrick Duval, William Diver


Barcode Format Region Released Edition
760137176787 Blu-ray 1 Oct 23, 2018
5035673013120 Blu-ray
5035673007334 DVD 2 Jul 30, 2007
842139452288 DVD
014381722161 LaserDisc 2007