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BBFC RatingJohn T. Davis: Power in the Blood/Dust on the Bible

CertificateNot Rated
Director(s)John T. Davis
Running Time2HR 15MINS
Extra InfoDouble Bill
SeasonPeripheral Visions: John T. Davis

John T. Davis is internationally recognised as Northern Ireland’s most distinctive documentary filmmaker and cinematographer.

To mark his 70th birthday on March 7th, 2017, and in recognition of his over 40 years of filmmaking, QFT is mounting a retrospective of his work.

Power in the Blood documents country gospel singer and preacher Vernon Oxford’s journey from his home in Franklin, Tennessee to Belfast on a mission to bring the healing power of Jesus back to Northern Ireland. John T. Davis follows Vernon into drinking dens, mission halls and the Prison Officers social club at the Maze Prison, where he speaks to the experience of many people, but particularly the Protestant working class people of faith. (1989, 1 hr 16 mins)

Dust on the Bible: On the street corners, in the tabernacles, at the cattle fairs and in large convention centres, the people of Ulster are warned by pastors and preachers about the last days of the Apocalypse. Dust on the Bible is a lyrical, visual poem about these latter day prophets. Focusing on Belfast’s charismatic street preachers the film traces the journey of a lonesome drifter seeking salvation in the gospel halls of this ‘troubled godforsaken place’. (1989, 52 mins)

Screening with the music video ‘Mr Twilight’ by Light a Big Fire, directed by John T. Davis.

The screening will be introduced by John T. Davis.


Part One of Peripheral Visions: John T. Davis, A Retrospective also includes:

John T. Davis In Conversation

John T. Davis' Punk Trilogy (Shellshock Rock/Protex Hurrah/Self-Conscious Over You)


The Uncle Jack


Peripheral Visions continues at QFT in April. Discover more about the work of John T. Davis here.

This season is presented in partnership with Film Hub NI. Special thanks to Northern Ireland Screen, the Irish Film Institute, Peter Strain and Yellowmoon.

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