The Terence Davies Trilogy
Daviesâ€™ first films were a series of three narrative shorts that collectively construct a portrait of fictional alter ego Robert Tucker, who like Davies is the product of an impoverished Liverpool Catholic family. The semi-autobiographical first two films, Children and Madonna and Child, introduce the concerns that will also inform Daviesâ€™ first two features: a childhood shadowed by bullying and an abusive father, the fatherâ€™s death, and the struggle to accept and assume oneâ€™s homosexuality. The remarkable third short, Death and Transfiguration imagines Tuckerâ€™s waning days in a geriatric ward, where the night nurseâ€™s flashlight becomes heaven-sent illumination.
Directed by Terence Davies. With Robin Hooper, Nick Stringer, Valerie Lilley
UK 1984, 35mm, b/w, 94 min