Director: terence davies

85 minutes, U.K., 1992, Colour, 35mm

The Long Day Closes is the story of eleven-year-old Bud. A sad and lonely boy, he struggles through his days; with cinema as his main source of solace, he haunts the local movie-house. All the while, his family looms large in our peripheral vision as do the menacing bullies of his school. However, Bud is the centre of attention both from the camera’s angle and for his doting family.

With a grey background, the film fuses clips and audio from classic movies into Bud’s dreary childhood and brings it to life with an elegance Bach would bring to your home movies. The overall effect is a montage of memory which seems to ignite flashes of recognition in the viewer.

This screening will be introduced by Terence Davies.

This film is showing as part of IFI & Darklight: Terence Davies (August 24th & 25th).

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