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This film was last shown on 21 March 2019

On the outskirts of Birmingham and the margins of society, the Billingham family muddle through a life decided by factors beyond their control. Ray & Liz is based on the Thatcher-era memories of Turner Prize-nominated photographer and artist, Richard Billingham, and focuses on the relationship between his parents and its impact on him and his younger brother.

Building on a cornerstone of British cinema history – kitchen sink realism – the film is a brutal study of family and class, drawn from painful memories tinged with love. Billingham is as concerned with what surrounds the family as the people themselves, focusing on walls, floors and all the ornaments that made up a Black Country council flat in the ‘80s. The result is a richly-textured portrait of a family sealed off, not only from the rest of the world, but also each other.


Richard Billingham
1 hour 48 minutes
Ella Smith, Patrick Romer


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