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Ray and Liz

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On the outskirts of Birmingham and the margins of society, the Billingham family perform extreme rituals and break cultural taboos as they muddle through a life decided by factors beyond their control.
Turner Prize-nominated and Deutsche Börse Prize-winning artist, Richard Billingham, returns to the striking photographs of his family during Thatcher-era Britain. The film is based on Billingham’s memories, focussing on his parents Ray and Liz, their relationship, and its impact on Richard and his younger brother Jason.
At times shocking and laced with an unsettling humour, three episodes unfold as a powerful evocation of experience of growing up in a Black Country council flat.
Official Selection Locarno Film Festival 2018 - International Competition - World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
107 mins
Richard Billingham 1st Feature
Jacqui Davies
Executive Producer
Adam Partridge, Ed Talfan
Tracy Granger
Richard Billingham
Director of Photography
Daniel Landin
Production Designer
Beck Rainford
Joakim Sundström
Principal Cast
Ella Smith, Justin Salinger, Patrick Romer, Deirdre Kelly, Sam Gittins, Joshua Millard-Lloyd
Film Title Format Note
Film title should read Ray & Liz

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Last updated 12th July 2018

Production Company

A Primitive Film production in association with Rapid Eye Movies. Financed by the BFI and Ffilm Cymru Wales with National Lottery funding, in association with Severn Screen. Developed with support from agnès b and BFI

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