John T. Davis Collection

John T. Davis Collection

John T. Davis is internationally recognised as Northern Ireland’s most distinctive documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. QFT hosted a full retrospective of John's work back in 2017. We are delighted to be able to host a selection of John's classic films on QFT Player.

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John T. Davis Collection
  • Heart on the Line - John T. Davis' celebration of Nashville songwriters

    John T. Davis' 1990 documentary offers a rare insight into the lyrics, lives and attitudes of Nashville’s songwriters, the largely unknown men and women whose art is the lifeblood of the country music industry.

    The film features performances and commentary by major songwriters such as Harlan How...

  • Power in the Blood - Vernon Oxford's mission to save souls in Northern Ireland

    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 Officer...

  • Dust on the Bible - a visual poem about Belfast's charismatic street preachers

    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 chari...

  • Hobo - John T. Davis' classic portrait of railroad vagabond Beargrease

    QFT Player presents Hobo (1991) by John T. Davis, Northern Ireland’s most distinctive documentary filmmaker and cinematographer.

    Hobo is an intensely personal portrait of Beargrease, a man gripped with chronic wanderlust. A fiercely independent individual, he embodies the traits of the classic A...

  • The Uncle Jack - a vivid portrait of cinema architect John McBride Neill

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

    It was ‘the uncle Jack’ who catalysed Davis’ passion for ...

  • Self Conscious Over You - The Outcasts' 1980 Ulster Hall gig

    Witness The Outcasts at their incendiary best in this thrilling concert film from John T. Davis.

    Organised by Terri Hooley's Good Vibration Records, this legendary gig found almost 1800 people cramming into The Ulster Hall to see local band The Outcasts. The events depicted here were later immor...

  • Shellshock Rock - John T. Davis' legendary Northern Irish punk doc

    All the raw energy and excitement of the 1970s punk scene in Northern Ireland is on display in John T. Davis' legendary 1979 documentary.

    Derry heroes The Undertones and the uncompromising Belfast band Stiff Little Fingers both feature, as do Rudi, The Outcasts, The Idiots, Protex, Parasites, Vi...

  • Tailwind - Northern Ireland's crucial role in the air during WWII

    QFT Player presents Tailwind (2009) by documentary filmmaker John T. Davis, screening to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

    Tailwind documents the little known history of Northern Ireland’s crucial part in the war in the air between 1939 and 1945. At the outbreak of the Second World War there ...