The Cinema of Ideas

The Terence Davies Trilogy

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In stark black and white, Terence 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 regarded as British cinema’s greatest film poet.

The Terence Davies Trilogy will be available to stream from Friday 20 May - Thursday 2 June.

All the films are available with closed captions. The films are rated 15, and contain scenes of domestic abuse.

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Children (1976, 46 mins)

The opening film in Terence Davies' powerful Liverpool-set trilogy introduces Robert Tucker as a withdrawn young boy, bullied at school and terrorised by a violent father. His strict Catholic upbringing hinders his sexual awakening and a visit to the doctor for anti-depressants elicits little sympathy ("still no interest in girls?").

  • Year
  • Runtime
    46 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Rating
  • Director
    Terence Davies
  • Cast
    Philip Mawdsley, Valerie Lilley, Robin Hooper