Terence Davies is certainly speeding up his work rate. There were 11 years between The House Of Mirth and last year’s The Deep Blue Sea, but he’s recently revealed he’s moving forward with a long-cherished project called Sunset Song and now Variety reports he’s set to adapt Richard McCann’s award-winning novel, Mother of Sorrows.
Davies has never really come to terms with his sexuality and still claims to hate being gay. Much of his career as a director can be seen as him dealing with his difficulty growing up gay and it looks like that’s set to continue with Mother Of Sorrows. McCann’s book, which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award and was nominated for the Stonewall Book Award for gay fiction, tells a series of interconnected stories, recounting the tough and tragic life of two gay brothers, growing up in the 1950s.
‘This is an important story because it touches the humanity in all of us,’ Davies says. ‘I love the delicacy of the book and its gentle odyssey from post-WWII optimism for the American Utopia to a deeper understanding of both maternal and filial love and an acceptance of mortality by surrendering to the light.’
It’s still early days and Davies has often had difficulty finding funding, but he’s hoping to get Mother Of Sorrows made after he finished Sunset Song.