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18 November 1988 (Italy) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Freda Dowie ... Mother

Pete Postlethwaite ... Father
Angela Walsh ... Eileen
Dean Williams ... Tony

Lorraine Ashbourne ... Maisie
Sally Davies ... Eileen as a Child
Nathan Walsh ... Tony as a Child
Susan Flanagan ... Maisie as a Child
Michael Starke ... Dave
Vincent Maguire ... George
Antonia Mallen ... Rose
Debi Jones ... Micky
Chris Darwin ... Red
Marie Jelliman ... Jingles

Andrew Schofield ... Les
Anne Dyson ... Granny
Jean Boht ... Aunty Nell
Alan Bird ... Baptism Priest

Pauline Quirke ... Doreen
Matthew Long ... Mr. Spaull
Frances Dell ... Margie
Carl Chase ... Uncle Ted
Roy Ford ... Wedding Priest
Terry Melia ... Military Policeman
John Thomalla ... Military Policeman
John Carr ... Registrar

John Michie ... Soldier
Jeanette Moseley ... Barmaid
Ina Clough ... Licensee
Chris Benson ... Rose's Family
Judith Barker ... Rose's Family
Tom Williamson ... Rose's Family
Lorraine Michaels ... Rose's Family
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenneth Horne ... Himself - Character on Beyond Our Ken (archive sound) (voice) (uncredited)

Kenneth Williams ... Himself - Character on Beyond Our Ken (archive sound) (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Davies 
Writing credits
Terence Davies (written by)

Produced by
Jennifer Howarth .... producer
Colin MacCabe .... executive producer
Cinematography by
William Diver (photography)
Patrick Duval (photography)
Film Editing by
William Diver 
Casting by
Priscilla John 
Art Direction by
Jocelyn James 
Miki Van Zwanenberg  (as Miki van Zwanenberg)
Costume Design by
Monica Howe 
Makeup Department
Jan Archibald .... hair stylist
Geraldine Jones .... hair stylist (as Gerry Jones)
Elizabeth Moss .... makeup artist
Lesley Rouvray .... makeup artist (as Lesley Rouvray-Lawson)
Lesley Sanders .... makeup artist
Eric Scruby .... hair stylist
Aileen Seaton .... hair designer
Aileen Seaton .... makeup designer
Jenny Shircore .... makeup: stunt
Production Management
Jill Pack .... executive in charge of production
Olivia Stewart .... production manager
Sarah Swords .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Munden .... second assistant director
Andy Powell .... first assistant director
Glynn Purcell .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dave Allen .... standby props
Richard Ede .... carpenter
Joy Fielding .... scenic artist
Penny Fielding .... scenic artist
Sheila Gillie .... assistant art director
Alastair Gow .... constructor: Constructivist
Pat Harkins .... standby props
Patrick Harkins .... stand by props
Kevin Huse .... carpenter
Susan McLenachan .... constructor: Constructivist
Colin Rutter .... constructor: Acme Construction
Hank Schumacher .... constructor: Acme Construction
Mark Stevenson .... assistant art director
Sarah Thwaites .... scenic artist
Lynne Whiteread .... painter
Sound Department
Moya Burns .... sound recordist
Rupert Castle .... boom operator
Christine Felce .... boom operator
Alex Mackie .... dubbing editor
Andrew Melhuish .... assistant dubbing editor
Colin Nicolson .... sound recordist
Ian Turner .... sound mixer
Aad Wirtz .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Richard Roberts .... special effects
Alf Joint .... stunt coordinator
Bill Weston .... stuntman
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Burlinson .... electrician (as Geoff Burlinson)
Tim Church .... electrician
Harriet Cox .... camera operator
Kevin Fraser .... grip
Margaret Gormley .... clapper loader (as Maggie Gormley)
Malcolm Huse .... grip
Martin Kenzie .... focus puller: stunt
Christopher McDonough .... grip
Caren Moy .... clapper loader
Gary Nagle .... electrician
Nick Penn .... clapper loader: stunt (as Nicholas Penn)
Chris Polden .... electrician: stunt
Geoffrey Quick .... electrician: stunt
Jeremy Read .... focus puller
Nobby Roker .... grip
Bill Venables .... grip
Gary Willis .... electrician: stunt
Arthur Wooster .... photographer: stunt
Paul Nash .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Simon Murray .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Toby Benton .... collaborating editor
Trevor Brown .... colorist
Geraldine Creed .... collaborating editor
Mick McCarthy .... editing assistant
Music Department
Mark Brown .... music recording engineer
Antony Howell .... music recording engineer
Tommy Reilly .... musician: harmonica
Eric Tomlinson .... music recording engineer
Other crew
Ron Barber .... lab supervisor
George Barbero .... runner
Richard Bridgwood .... runner
Paul Caldicott .... caterer: Set Meals
Ian Francis .... runner
Claire Hughes Smith .... continuity
Sheryl Leonardo .... production accountant
Elaine Matthews .... continuity (as Melanie Matthews)
Tony McCaffrey .... runner
Clive Noakes .... lab supervisor
Liz Reddish .... publicist
Sholto J. Roeg .... runner (as Sholto Roeg)
Jutahmas Small .... caterer: Set Meals (as Jutahmart Small)
Phillip Small .... caterer: Set Meals (as Philip Small)
Lil Sterling .... production assistant
Olivia Stewart .... production assistant
Richard Morrison .... title designer (uncredited)
Father Ashworth .... with special thanks to
Pat Carus .... with special thanks to
David Gamble .... with special thanks to
Gill Hallifax .... with special thanks to
Mamoun Hassan .... with special thanks to
Roy Hudd .... with special thanks to
Robert Lockhart .... with special thanks to
Max Marrable .... with special thanks to
Denis Norden .... with special thanks to
Steve Race .... with special thanks to
Frank Reynolds .... with special thanks to
Gillian Reynolds .... with special thanks to
Peter Sainsbury .... with special thanks to
Larry Sider .... with special thanks to
Father Thompson .... with special thanks to

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The film was a 'labour of love' for director, cast and crew. Due to the extreme low budget, it had to be shot at weekends over a period of two years.See more »
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"Evocative, elegiac and poignant...", 30 July 2012
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

English screenwriter and director Terence Davies feature film debut which he also wrote, was originally made for television and is inspired by his family memories growing up in a working-class family in Liverpool, England during the 1940s. It consists of the two films "Distant Voices" and "Still Lives" which were made two years apart with the same crew. While "Distant Voices" portrays the main characters growing up in Britain in the 1940s during World War II, "Still Lives" portrays them as grown-ups in Britain in the early 1950s after the war. It premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 41st Cannes International Film Festival in 1988, was shot on locations in Liverpool, England and is a UK production which was produced by producer Jennifer Howarth. It tells the story about Tony, Eileen and Maisie, and their memories of their childhood living in a terraced house in North West England with their deeply religious mother and their and tyrannical father.

Distinctly and brilliantly directed by British filmmaker Terence Davies, this heartrending, impressionistic and biographical period drama draws a profoundly moving portrayal of a Catholic family living in Kensington, Liverpool during and after the Second World War in the mid-20th century. While notable for it's colorful milieu depictions, stellar production design by production designer Miki Van Zwanenberg and production designer and art director Jocelyn James, cinematography by cinematographer and film editor William Diver and cinematographer Patrick Duval, costume design by costume designer Monica Howe, editing by William Diver and use of music, this rarely affective and atmospheric coming-of-age story draws an intimate depiction of three siblings afflicting relationship with their patriarchal father and how his and his wife's separate ways of upbringing has shaped their lives, literary steams of love and compassion for it's locations and characters.

This rhythmic, lyrical and insightful journey through a filmmakers remembrance which is narrated from multiple viewpoints, is impelled and reinforced by it's fragmented narrative structure and the empathic and heartfelt acting performances by English actor Pete Postlethwaite (1946-2011), actor Dean Williams, English actress Freda Dowie, actress Angela Walsh in her debut feature film role and English actress Lorraine Ashbourne in her debut feature film role. An evocative, elegiac and poignant independent film which gained, among other awards, the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1988.

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