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The lives of an English working-class family are told out of order in a free-associative manner. The first part, "Distant Voices", focuses on the father's role in the family. The second... See more »

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Mother
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Father
Angela Walsh ...
Eileen
Dean Williams ...
Tony
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Maisie
Sally Davies ...
Eileen as a Child
Nathan Walsh ...
Tony as a Child
Susan Flanagan ...
Maisie as a Child
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Dave
Vincent Maguire ...
George
Antonia Mallen ...
Rose
Debi Jones ...
Micky
Chris Darwin ...
Red
Marie Jelliman ...
Jingles
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Les
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Granny
Jean Boht ...
Aunty Nell
Alan Bird ...
Baptism Priest
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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
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Soldier
Jeanette Moseley ...
Barmaid
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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 (uncredited) (archiveSound) (voice)
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Himself - Character on Beyond Our Ken (uncredited) (archiveSound) (voice)

Directed by

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Terence Davies

Written by

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Terence Davies ... (written by)

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Jennifer Howarth ... producer
Colin MacCabe ... executive producer

Cinematography by

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William Diver ... (photography)
Patrick Duval ... (photography)

Film Editing by

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William Diver

Editorial Department

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Toby Benton ... collaborating editor
Trevor Brown ... colorist
Geraldine Creed ... collaborating editor
Mick McCarthy ... editing assistant

Casting By

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Priscilla John

Art Direction by

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Jocelyn James
Miki Van Zwanenberg ... (as Miki van Zwanenberg)

Costume Design by

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Monica Howe

Makeup Department

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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 / makeup designer
Jenny Shircore ... makeup: stunt

Production Management

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Jill Pack ... executive in charge of production
Olivia Stewart ... production manager
Sarah Swords ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Marc Munden ... second assistant director
Andy Powell ... first assistant director
Glynn Purcell ... first assistant director

Art Department

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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

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Moya Burns ... sound recordist
Rupert Castle ... boom operator
Christine Felce ... boom operator
Alex Mackie ... supervising sound editor
Andrew Melhuish ... assistant dubbing editor
Colin Nicolson ... sound recordist
Ian Turner ... sound mixer
Aad Wirtz ... re-recording mixer

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Richard Roberts ... special effects

Stunts

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Alf Joint ... stunt coordinator
Bill Weston ... stuntman

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Simon Murray ... assistant wardrobe

Music Department

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Mark Brown ... music recording engineer
Antony Howell ... music recording engineer
Tommy Reilly ... musician: harmonica
Eric Tomlinson ... music recording engineer

Other crew

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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)

Thanks

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The second film in Terence Davies's autobiographical series ('Trilogy', 'The Long Day Closes') is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on Davies's own family. The first part, 'Distant Voices', opens with grown siblings Eileen (Angela Walsh), Maisie (Lorraine Ashbourne) and Tony (Dean Williams), and their mother (Freda Dowie) arranged in mourning clothes before the photograph of their smiling father (Pete Postlethwaite). Soon after, the family poses in a similar tableau, but for a happier occasion - Eileen's wedding. While relatives sing at her reception, Eileen hysterically grieves for her dad, and recalls happy times of her youth. Tony and Maisie's memories, however, are more troubled. Davies intermingles and contrasts scenes like the family peacefully lighting candles in church with the brutal man beating his wife and terrorizing his young children. In 'Still Lives', set (and filmed) two years later, the siblings are settled in life, but not all happily. For Eileen, relief from her drab existence comes only when singing at the pub. With his skillfully composed frames and evocative use of music in place of dialogue, Davies creates a lovely, affecting photo album of a troubled family wrestling with the complexity of love. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As
  • Entfernte Stimmen - Stilleben (West Germany)
  • Entfernte Stimmen - Stilleben (Germany)
  • Voces distantes (Spain)
  • Далекие голоса, застывшие жизни (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Voces distantes, imágenes quietas (Uruguay)
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  • 85 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The film was a 'labour of love' for director, cast and crew. Due to the very low budget, it had to be shot intermittently over a period of two years. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (1995). See more »
Soundtracks There's a Man Goin' Round See more »
Quotes Micky: When they're not using their big stick, they're farting. Aren't men horrible?
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