Terence Davies: Profile of Britain’s Greatest Director
Terence Davies is Britain’s greatest living director.
He is noted for his recurring themes of emotional and sometimes physical endurance, the influence of memory on everyday life and the potentially crippling effects of dogmatic religiosity on the emotional life of individuals and societies.
Stylistically, Davies’ works are notable for their symmetrical compositions, “symphonic” structure and measured pace. He is also the sole screenwriter of all his films.
Davies went to the National Film School, and his trio of autobiographical works, known as The Terence Davies Trilogy have been screened at film festivals world-wide and have won numerous awards.
Davies has directed five feature films to date firstly, Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes, two very autobiographical films set in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool.
His next two films were both adaptations, The Neon Bible starring Gena Rowlands and The House of Mirth with Gillian Anderson. His most recent released work is the documentary, Of Time and the City, which premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews.
He has produced two works for radio, A Walk To The Paradise Gardens, an original radio play broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2001, and a two-part radio adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2007.
2011 THE DEEP BLUE SEA
2008 OF TIME AND THE CITY
2000 THE HOUSE OF MIRTH
1995 THE NEON BIBLE
1992 THE LONG DAY CLOSES
1988 DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES
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