Presented in cutting black and white 35mm, Trilogy delves into the rawest and most intimate moments of director Terence Davies’ life, seen through the eyes of his fictional alter-ego, Robert Tucker.
Children (1976) introduces Robert as a young boy terrorised by school bullies, and the painful conflict between his emerging sexuality and repressive religion that is only heightened by his having a violent father waiting for him at home.
In Madonna and Child (1980) we see Robert as a hollow-eyed, middle-aged office worker in Liverpool, tortured by his unfulfilled gay desires, and unable to find solace in the church.
Lastly, in Death and Transfiguration (1983) we meet Robert on his deathbed as an old, frail man haunted by images from his life.
Witnessing these three short films from Davies’ career reveals the early emergence of his singular talent and style.
The work of a director growing in confidence, Davies would soon become one of British cinema’s finest filmmakers, using a unique visual poetry to explore what it means to be human.
This film is screening at Tyneside Cinema as a part of our season Living as Poetry: A Tribute to Terence Davies which you can learn more about here!