Of Time and the City
“OF TIME AND THE CITY is both a love song and eulogy to the director's birthplace – Liverpool. It is also a response to memory, reflection and the experience of losing a sense of place as skylines change and time takes its toll” reads the official description of Terence Davies new documentary film. It was the only British film in the official main selection of this year’s Cannes festival and has made it possible for Davies to finally get funding for new projects. About time, one would add, for this is an artist that deserves to be supported substantially and who should be making films constantly to the benefit of all of us!
Terence Davies (b. 1945) is one of the most respected filmmakers in cinema today. His work has been honoured by awards from around the world. His dark and powerful trilogy, all set in Liverpool, CHILDREN (1976), MADONNA AND CHILD (1980) and DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION (1983) develops powerful themes of forbidden sexuality, Catholicism, violence, loss, death and childhood. But it is in his 1988 film DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES, again drawing on his Liverpool roots, that these become exquisitely blended with a gentle warmth and humour and a transcendent sense of hope beyond the miseries of difficult daily life. Later films, like THE LONG DAY CLOSES (1992) is set in Liverpool as well, and the beautiful and heart breaking HOUSE OF MIRTH (2000) have also been garnered with awards.