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Mersey Movies

Posted November 20, 2009 to photo album "Mersey Movies"

FilmInFocus’ Nick Dawson picks out 10 films made in Liverpool that demonstrate the city’s diverse cinematic history.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: The Magnet (1950)
Slide 3: Gumshoe (1971)
Slide 4: Letter to Brezhnev (1985)
Slide 5: Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
Slide 6: Hear My Song (1991)
Slide 7: Backbeat (1994)
Slide 8: Hilary and Jackie (1998)
Slide 9: Formula 51 (2001)
Slide 10: The Parole Officer (2001)
Slide 11: Millions (2004)
Slide 5: Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

Slide 5: Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

After establishing his reputation initially as a short film director, Liverpool director Terence Davies made his first feature length movie with this semi-autobiographical diptych about a working class family in the city in the 1950s. An exercise in "memory-realism," Distant Voices, Still Lives evokes the director's recollections of growing up with a domineering father and the influence of music and cinema on his life and the lives of those around him. As Davies' childhood home on Kensington Street was demolished on 1961, he used a similar looking street in London's Whistler Street as its double, while the rest of shooting took place in real locations such as Liverpool's The Futurist movie theater and Merseyside's Formby Sands.