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Terence Davies made a prof

One-off Liverpool lecture as award-winning director is honoured by university

Published on July 13th 2010.


Terence Davies made a prof

WHEN Of Time And The City opened in Liverpool in 2008, some people – just some - didn't know what to make of it. It was an honest, acerbic and moving view of the warts-and-all Liverpool that Davies grew up in (and subsequently left in 1973). Yet there were a few people here, those of the mindset that anything mildly critical of Liverpool equals another chance to “have a go” at us poor, maligned scousers, who were perhaps unaware that it was a deeply personal view.

Memorably, it not only failed to get a standing ovation at its highly anticipated Liverpol premiere, which was one of the highlight commissions of Capital of Culture year, but considerable chunks of the so-called VIP-filled audience saw fit to head for the bar as the credits rolled.

Happily, most people saw it for what it was, and at film festivals around the globe, from Edinburgh to Cannes and in the US, this beautifully composed piece of work, made in conjunction with our very own Hurricane Films, has since been received with rapturous applause, making the critics 2009 top ten lists in both the New York Times and TIME Magazine.

Now Davies, who Liverpool Confidential interviewed here, has been made honorary professor of the Department of Communication and Media at Liverpool University. He will deliver his inaugural lecture at the University’s Sherrington Building on Thursday, 22 July. There are some tickets for the early bird, and you

Pic of Terence Davies by Stephanie De Leng

can go and see why the festival film critics got it right, remind everyone how well mannered we actually are in this city, and perhaps enjoy a slice of Terence's waspish sense of humour.

Terence Davies is internationally recognised for creating films that depict the emotional lives of individuals and communities, based on his experiences of Liverpool during the 1940s and 1950s.

The lecture will begin with extracts from Of Time and the City and an early short film, Children, that reconstructs his experience of growing up in working-class Kensington, The films reveal the tension between social and family life, and the experience of struggling to cope with the impact of war, themes that reoccur in the multi-award winning Distant Voices, Still Lives.

The screened extracts will be accompanied by a panel discussion with Terence, Head of the Department of Communication and Media, Dr Julia Hallam and research associate, Dr Les Roberts.

The lecture takes place at 6.00pm (doors open 5.30), Thursday, 22 July at the University’s Sherrington Building, Ashton Street. The event is free but places must be booked by contacting Donna Martyn on 0151 794 2890 or emailing here.

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Tricky WooJuly 12th 2010.

Tourman. I never had you down as a homophobe. Still, takes all sorts, as you probably wouldn't say

TourmanJuly 12th 2010.

I did waste money paying for a ticket and when I went the audience were not happy and by the end at least half had thrown in the towel and left. Celibate!!!! that is even worse. I would love to know why you describe me as a professional Scouser Queeny Eye.

AnonymousJuly 12th 2010.

“Emperor’s New Clothes” ffs

TourmanJuly 12th 2010.

Sorry to say but I must have seen another film it must of been another time and place because what I saw was the sad ravings of an old queen who had long ago left Liverpool and hated everything from footballers to priests and The Beatles. This was the rantings of an embittered old man and the fact that public money was wasted producing this travesty was nothing less than immoral. That we are celebrating Davies when he should be consigned to the sin bin with the likes of Carla Lane for besmirching the good name of Liverpool. It was one of the low points of Capital of Culture and the only reason I did not walk out when it was shown at FACT was that I wanted to ensure that I could pass comment on it from an informed view. If Davies never makes another film it will be no loss to society.

MoviolaJuly 12th 2010.

Terence Davies's career as a director was over, unfortunately, before this film happened. Wonderful that Sol and Roy at Hurricane films had the vision to find him and collaborate with him in 2008. This was one of the best things to come out of Capital of Culture year and fantastic that TD is finally being honoured by somebody in the city in this way.

temps perduJuly 12th 2010.

OTATC was OK, but its power came from the antique footage as much as from its sometimes trite and rather preciously delivered voiceover. But for a truly powerful evocation of L'pool in that period, what about Beryl Bainbridge's Awfully Big Adventure? It evokes the seedy vitality of the postwar city in a marvellous way.

Sian Payne-AncanapaceJuly 12th 2010.

The freeloading refuse that passes for "V.I.P.s" in Liverpool these days can be expected to behave poorly; they are just self-promoting yobs.

EvilEddJuly 12th 2010.

Fabulous. I remember the sickening feeling I had when he gave a talk at FACT, revealing he was thinking of giving up film-making because he couldn't get any backing. Thank God Hurricane Films stepped in, or we never would have had the beautiful 'Of Time and the City'

Queeny EyeJuly 12th 2010.

Just so you know, Tourman, Davies has been a lifelong celibate. So stick that up your professional scouser sphincter.

TourmanJuly 12th 2010.

Davies flaunts his homosexuality and if anyone disagrees with him he hides behind it. You have to agree that he does act like the stereotypical old queen. You have also fallen in to the trap of ignoring what I wrote to single out your prejudiced view. No one can be critical of a homosexual without being accused of being homophobic. I stand by what I wrote, this is a terrible film and it is a case of the Kings New clothes or in this case the Queens New Clothes that most people do not admit that. Most of the usual suspects, i.e. the Guardian, raved about it but the more balanced critics saw it for what it was, a self indulgent load of old twaddle and that is why it did not get a standing ovation and people walked out.

ObserverJuly 12th 2010.

I find these comments quite offensive.

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