The Long Day Closes (1992 UK) Cert. PG – Purley Festival screening

Director: Terence Davies
Stars: Marjorie Yates, Leigh McCormack, Anthony Watson

A Campaign presentation in association with the

(this year we are going to them)

Presented on 16mm film at St John the Baptist Church, 48 Dale Rd, Purley, CR8 2EF. 

In rainy, 1950s Liverpool, where Davies (Sunset Song, A Quiet Passion) grew up, eleven-year-old Bud (McCormack) is the youngest child of a working-class Catholic family.

Bud’s father died some years earlier, as Davies’ own dad did, but his mother (Yates) and older siblings remain strong, loving influences in his life.

Fond memories — of a night-time trip to the fair, of group sing-alongs on winter evenings — alternate with painful recollections of loneliness and bullying.

“Beautifully poetic… rings wholly true” (Time Out).

The original release (and the critic’s Reviews) pre-date the internet, so here is a link to a (2014) A.V. Club article revisiting the film when it was brought out on DVD.

A Trailer for the film can be seen here:


A short support programme will accompany ‘The Long Day Closes’, including The Frog, the Dog, and the Devil (1986, New Zealand, 7 mins).

Directed by Bob Stenhouse, this stylish and innovative animated film is set in 1902 and tells the story of a New Zealand pioneer too fond of alcohol. It was nominated for the Best Animated Short Academy Award, while the animation festival in Annecy, France later judged it one of the best animated films of the century!

This recent article pays tribute to Stenhouse’s “breathtaking” film.

Tickets (£5) will be available in advance as usual, and on the door if there is spare capacity, with unreserved seating.

St John the Baptist Church, Purley on Thursday 29th June 2017

Show starts at 8.00PM, Ticket prices: £5.00

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News Update 25 June 2017

The week ahead offers three completely different films, starting with Mindhorn on Tuesday. Inspired by TV action hero shows of the 1980s, it “brims with unexpected pleasures” (Financial Times), delivering plenty of laughs. This showing is part of Croydon Comedy Festival, which continues throughout July.

Thursday’s Purley Festival event is a rare excursion beyond the DLC, to the St John the Baptist hall in Purley, where we first presented a film in 2013. The Long Day Closes (1992) is directed by Terence Davies, recently responsible for A Quiet Passion. 11-year-old Bud is the youngest child of a working-class Catholic family in Liverpool, and his memories illuminate an “exquisite, impressionistic, largely autobiographical reverie.” (New Yorker). Our 16mm presentation also includes outstanding animation from New Zealand, via The Frog, the Dog, and the Devil (1986). Doors open at 7.30pm and refreshments will be available. This map shows the location, where parking is no problem. Tickets are just £5.

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Latest News 11 June 2017

Last week was mixed in terms of attendances, but very positive in terms of audience satisfaction. The modest audience for Harmonium indicated that excellent reviews and awards don’t guarantee large numbers, but patrons were still discussing this highly-original film when security staff needed to lock the doors! One described it as his film of the year so far, along with Moonlight.

The Sense of an Ending also proved enjoyable, with patrons describing it as “excellent’. With outstanding performances from Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter and Charlotte Rampling, it was a showcase for fine acting.

The week ahead begins with Tuesday’s Babes in Arms screening of Beauty and the Beast, which remarkably has outsold our earlier showings, although tickets should be available on the day. But please book without delay if you hope to see Lady Macbeth on Tuesday evening or Letters from Baghdad on Thursday, as both of these highly-acclaimed films are close to selling out. Read More……

Latest News – 28 May 2017

We’ve had another week of diverse films, in addition to the challenges posed by the Arts Bar being cut in half to make way for a new door into the Braithwaite Hall! Tuesday’s absorbing The Lost City of Z was followed by the long-awaited return of theatre to the David Lean’s screen, via the Globe on Screen Twelfth Night. The evening screening virtually sold out, and feedback indicated that delighted supporters thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with much laughter heard throughout.

Saturday’s audience for Beauty and the Beast – one of the highest-grossing films of 2017 – was surprisingly small, but patrons very much enjoyed an enchanting story that one felt was even better than the 1991 animated classic. So, Tuesday’s 14:30 screening can be highly recommended as a half term treat. Read More…….