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

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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:

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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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A Quiet Passion (2016 UK/Belgium, 125 mins) Cert. 12A

Director: Terence Davies
Stars: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff, Keith Carradine

Screenings at 2.30 & 7.30PM

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Davies’s focus moves from the landscapes of Scotland in Sunset Song to the interiors of Massachusetts in the intimate biography of the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson, brilliantly played by Nixon.

Dickinson tries to battle against the social norms of her day, but slowly becomes confined to her family home in Amherst, all the time creating poetry that is skillfully highlighted within Davies’s script.

Beautifully photographed and with fine performances by a mixture of American and British actors, A Quiet Passion brings out the wit and melancholy of this great writer.


Here is a link to a critique (rather than a Review) from The Guardian


That critique includes a link to the (Toronto Festival) Trailer, which this can be seen below – [fvplayer src=”″]


David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 18th May 2017

Shows start at 2.30PM, & 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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