Ray & Liz
An intimate and unsettling dramatic autobiography of a British working-class family living on the fringes of society.
Inspired by director Richard Billingham’s own memories of childhood, and featuring his alcoholic father, obese mother and irrepressible younger brother, Ray & Liz is marked by bleak humour about subjects such as his parents’ marriage and his experiences of growing up poor in the outskirts of Birmingham. Billingham’s camera charmingly captures subliminal details, from lace curtains and ostentatious wallpaper to illicit homemade brews, to exude an emotional texture that spans three vignettes.
The film is part of the artist’s family-centered body of photography and video work, which he began in the mid-’90s, capturing images of his father with the intention of making paintings out of them. Its matter-of-fact portrayal of life on the margins is both devastating and hopeful.
Cast & Credits
Richard Billingham is a Turner Prize-nominated artist from England. He exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2001, and his work is held in the collections of New York’s Metropolitan Museum and London’s Tate galleries, among others. His feature debut, Ray & Liz, premiered at the 71st Locarno Film Festival, where it won a Special Mention Jury Prize.
Ella Smith, Justin Salinger, Patrick Romer
*Official Selection, Locarno Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, New York Film Festival 2018
*In Competiton, Sutherland Award, BFI London Film Festival 2018