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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Madonna and Child (1980, 28 mins)

The second instalment of the trilogy finds Robert Tucker in middle age, with the clash of religion and sexuality taking its toll. A depressed loner who takes the ferry across the Mersey to work as an office clerk, Robert is haunted by nightmares of his own death and tormented by largely unfulfilled homosexual fantasies, his only consolation the companionship of his mother.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    28 minutes
  • Language
  • Director
    Terence Davies
  • Screenwriter
    Terence Davies
  • Cast
    Terry O'Sullivan, Sheila Raynor, Paul Barber
  • Editor
    Mick Audsley