Terence Davies, director of House Of Mirth, Distant Voices, Still Lives, and The Long Day Closes, has joined a packed line-up of speakers for the second International Screenwriters Festival.

Liverpool-born Davies is one of the UK's most influential directors. The British Film Institute has restored Distant Voices StillLives, which has been picking up worldwide sales, including to France at Berlin this year.

And he is still pioneering. ScreenDaily reveals today that his documentary Whispers And Lies is shortlisted for a digital film initiative.

The event takes place on July 3-6 in the UK town of Cheltenham.

Davies will join a list of speakers that includes Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain), Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix), Anthony Horowitz (Stormbreaker), Shawn Slovo and Robyn Slovo (To Catch A Fire) and Abi Morgan (Brick Lane).

The festival quickly estabished itself last year as an important international event, attracting big names from across the business, as well as writers from around the world.

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