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A Public Q&A with Terence Davies

Terence Davies

Terence Davies will be in conversation with Belfast Film Festival about his life, work and influences in this special event.

Liverpool born Terence Davies, lauded as ‘Britain’s greatest living film maker’, has made an outstanding contribution to cinema and culture.

Terence Davies
 is the recipient of the Belfast Film Festival Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award.

Arguably the greatest living British filmmaker, Terence Davies (b. 1945) is a member of the distinctive generation of British Film Institute-nurtured directors whose ranks notably include Derek Jarman, Sally Potter and Peter Greenaway. Davies first established himself with three celebrated shorts, known collectively as The Terence Davies Trilogy’. Like his trilogy, subsequent features ‘Distant Voices, Still Lives’ and ‘The Long Day Closes ‘are set in postwar England.

In Davies films, escape is provided by the radio, cinema and music. His portraits of postwar Britain reveal him as an artist deeply grounded in a milieu as specific
as Faulkner’s Mississippi or John Waters’ Baltimore. Davies has spoken of “the British genius at creating the dismal,” but his films show something else: the ability to make glowing poetry from the dismal.