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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Death and Transfiguration (1983, 25 mins)

The anguished finale of the trilogy opens with the death of Robert Tucker’s beloved mother, jumping forwards in time to show an elderly Robert bedridden in hospital. Fragments of his past - a school nativity play, male physique magazines, a tender moment with mum - build to an unforgettable closing scene.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    26 minutes
  • Language
  • Rating
  • Director
    Terence Davies
  • Screenwriter
    Terence Davies
  • Producer
    Claire Barwell
  • Cast
    Wilfrid Brambell, Terry O'Sullivan, Iain Munro
  • Editor
    William Diver