Film and theater director, novelist and actor was born in 1945 in Kensington, then a working class area of Liverpool. Whilst studying, he wrote his first screenplay which developed into his debut short film Children (1976). He played various roles in TV programmes during the 1970s. Davies produced works for radio and has written a novel, Hallelujah Now. His first success was with the autobiographical films Distant voices, Still Lives (1988) and The Long Day Closes (1992). Childhood memories of Liverpool were also the topic of his first documentary Of Time And The City (2008) which premiered at Cannes in 2008. His films are noted for their recurring themes of emotional (and sometimes physical) endurance, the influence of memory on everyday life and the potentially crippling effects of dogmatic religiosity on the emotional life of individuals and societies. A Quiet Passion (2016) is his 8th feature film.