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Terence Davies

Director, Writer
10 November 1945 to 7 October 2023

A British director and writer, whose celebrated career was littered with accolades and critical praise. Terence Davies was BAFTA nominated for his direction of The House of Mirth (2000), based on Edith Wharton’s novel, one of several literary adaptations in his filmography, which also included Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song (2015), which garnered him a BAFTA Scotland nomination. The House of Mirth also earned him the first of two BIFA nominations; his second received for his last film, Benediction (2021). He was a favourite at the Cannes Film Festival too, with two Palme D’or nominations for The Long Day Closes (1992) and The Neon Bible (1995), adding to his FIPRESCI Prize win in 1988 for perhaps his best known work, the gripping drama Distant Voices, Still Lives. Other notable films included the trilogy Children (1976), Madonna and Child (1980) and Death and Transfiguration (1983), Of Time and the City (2008), The Deep Blue Sea (2011) and A Quiet Passion (2016).

Read Terence Davies' Guardian obituary

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Read Terence Davies' BFI obituary

Read Terence Davies' Times obituary