Ray & Liz

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Ray & Liz
Image of film poster
Directed byRichard Billingham
Produced byJacqui Davies
Screenplay byRichard Billingham
CinematographyDaniel Landin
Edited byTracy Granger
Release date
  • 5 August 2018 (2018-08-05) (Locarno Film Festival)
Running time
108 minutes

Ray & Liz is a 2018 British drama film written and directed by Richard Billingham, his feature debut.[1][2] The film retells Billingham's troubled childhood growing up in a Black Country council flat during the Thatcher era.[3] It focuses "on his parents Ray and Liz, their relationship, and its impact on Richard and his younger brother Jason."[4] Billingham, a photographer, previously published the book Ray's a Laugh (1996), with photographs of his family at the time depicted in the film.

The film premiered at Locarno Festival in August 2018,[5] where it won Billingham a Special Mention.


The film has an origin in Ray, a single-screen video artwork that premiered at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Wales in 2015.[5] Prior to that its origins lie in Billingham's mid-1990s snapshots of his alcoholic father Ray, chain-smoking mother Liz and younger brother Jason, collected in the book Ray's a Laugh (1996) and included in the art exhibition Sensation that premiered in 1997.[2][6]


  • Ella Smith as Liz
  • Deirdre Kelly as Older Liz
  • Justin Sallinger as Ray
  • Patrick Romer as Older Ray
  • Callum Slater as 2-year-old Jason
  • Joshua Millard-Lloyd as 10-year-old Jason
  • Jacob Tuton as 10-year-old Richard
  • Sam Plant as teenage Richard
  • Tony Way as Lol
  • Sam Gittins as Will
  • Michelle Bonnard as Zeinab


As of October 2018, Ray & Liz has a score of 91 on the review aggregate website Metacritic, based on 5 reviews.[7] Guy Lodge of Variety described the film as "a rare and remarkable cine-memoir ... a uniquely moving work of self-identification and self-illustration, bristling with pride, anger and even some regret — for the general ugly state of things, certainly, but perhaps for a family he’s come to see, and shoot, a little differently over the decades."[8]


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  1. ^ Adams, Tim (13 March 2016). "Mr and Mrs Billingham and Frosty Jack's". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  2. ^ a b "'Ray & Liz': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  3. ^ "Locarno first look: Ray & Liz reveals a troubled family scrap by scrap". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  4. ^ Film, British Council. "British Council Film: Ray and Liz". film.britishcouncil.org. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  5. ^ a b "First trailer for Richard Billingham's 'Ray & Liz' (exclusive)". Screen International. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  6. ^ Lodge, Guy (7 August 2018). "Locarno Film Review: 'Ray & Liz'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  7. ^ Ray & Liz. Metacritic.
  8. ^ Locarno Film Review: ‘Ray & Liz’. Variety.
  9. ^ "Locarno Film Festival 2018: Ray & Liz, M, & Menocchio". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  10. ^ "Locarno's top prize goes to Singapore's 'A Land Imagined'". Screen International. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  11. ^ Lodge, Guy (13 August 2018). "'A Land Imagined,' 'BlacKkKlansman,' Women Directors Win at Locarno Fest". Variety. Retrieved 2018-09-04.

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