John T. Davis: The Uncle Jack

BBFC RatingJohn T. Davis: The Uncle Jack

John T. Davis: The Uncle Jack
CertificateNot Rated
DirectorJohn T. Davis & Sé Merry Doyle
Running Time1HR 18MINS
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.

The Uncle Jack is at once a portrait of John T. Davis’ maternal uncle John McBride Neill, the Ulster cinema architect who from the 1930s to the 1960s designed 18 cinemas in the province, and a self-portrait of Davis himself.

It was ‘the uncle Jack’ who catalysed Davis’ passion for filmmaking. ‘Jack was like a second father to me, and when he died, he left so much to me, his house, his inventions, his musical instruments, but most importantly, the 8mm camera that was to change my life forever.’ Through a montage of dramatic reconstructions, abstract sequences, contemporary narrative and diverse archival sources, Davis’ moving tribute to Jack is bound up with a deeply personal statement about the power of obsession and the drive towards creativity.

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)

Power in the Blood/Dust on the Bible (double bill)



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.