Tag Archives: Pete Postlethwaite

Terence Davies – Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

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The film, depicting life in working-class Liverpool from the 1940s into the 50s, is already a modern classic.

Now that Eileen, Maisie, and Tony are adults, their childhood memories – and in particular those associated with their father – are inconsistent. While Eileen clings to happier times, her siblings remember his brutal violent nature, which has been a major influence on their growth and development. This troubled family must deal with the day-to-day alongside their past. Terence Davies creates a loving portrait with this partly autobiographical tale (shot in two sections), and it was voted one of the greatest British films by Sight & Sound. Read More »

Jim Sheridan – In the Name of the Father (1993)

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In the Name of the Father tells the true saga of Gerry Conlon. A petty thief in
strife-torn ’70s Belfast, Gerry’s main interests are getting drunk and partying, much to the
dismay of his quiet, frail afther Guiseppe (Pete Postlethwaite).

When Gerry angers the IRA, his father sends him to England, where his antics land him
in the wrong place at the wrong time. Innocent, but forced to confess to a savage
terrorist bombing, he is sentenced to life imprisonment as one of the “Guildford Four”.
An innocent Guiseppe is also arrested and jailed, and while behind bars, Gerry slowly
learns that his father’s seeming masks an unmatched inner strength and wisdom.

Working with a fiercely dedicated lawyer, Gerry determines to prove his innocence, clear
his father’s name and expose the truth behind one of the most shameful legal events in
recent history. Read More »