1976, 1980, 1983
black and white
Published/distributed by BFI
Ratio DVD-9, original aspect ratio 1.33:1
(Including VAT at 20%)
Terence Davies Trilogy, The: Children, Madonna and Child, Death and Transfiguration RRP 19.99
Restored by the BFI National Archive and released on DVD for the first time; with commentary by Terence Davies
While at Coventry Drama School in the early 1970s, Terence Davies wrote the script for Children which he directed in 1976. He subsequently took up a place at The National Film School and with the support of the BFI Production Board, made his graduation film Madonna and Child (1980). Three years later, also part-funded by the BFI, he completed the Trilogy with Death and Transfiguration.
Restored by the BFI National Archive who worked closely with Terence himself, the films are preserved by the BFI and are now released on DVD for the first time alongside The Long Day Closes (1992).
Before Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and The Long Day Closes confirmed Terence Davies' status as one of the cinematic masters of our day; these three early shorts reveal a filmmaker of great promise.
In stark black and white, Davies excavates the life of his fictional alter ego, Robert Tucker, in a narrative that slips between childhood, middle age and death, shaping the raw materials of his own life into a rich tapestry of experiences and impressions.
Over the course of these three films, we witness the emergence of Davies' singular talent and style, the refinement of his technique, and a director growing in confidence, soon to become fted as British cinema's greatest film poet.
Extras* Full feature commentary by Terence Davies
* Filmed interview with Terence Davies by Geoff Andrew
* 10-page illustrated booklet including essays by Derek Jarman and Distant Voices, Still Lives producer Jennifer Howarth on Terence Davies at Film School