Terence Davies

Terence Davies

Much celebrated among British directors, Terence Davies' relatively modest back catalogue is perhaps testament to the exacting attention and emotional investment evident in each project. His films imbue the everyday with an extraordinary sense of the inner emotional detail of British working class life, often drawing on experience of his own family. 

From BFI Programmer Geoff Andrew's notes for our 2007 celebration of Davies' work:

Davies depicts pain, passion, loneliness, cruelty, misery and death without compromise and without sentimentality. He does so not through the traditional conventions of movie storytelling, but according to a more profoundly felt personal emotional logic. Slow dissolves, subtle changes in lighting and elegant camera movements lead us through time and space as if in a dream. Music and other sounds tell us about the characters' inner lives and external influences, as much as dialogue does. With a poet's focus, Davies invites us to watch what's on screen more closely than we do in everyday real life, generating new insights in to life's everyday complexity. 

Read about five breathtaking moments in the work of Terene Davies here.

And watch Terence in conversation with Geoff Andrew here 

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