Ray & Liz
|Ray & Liz|
|Directed by||Richard Billingham|
|Produced by||Jacqui Davies|
|Screenplay by||Richard Billingham|
|Edited by||Tracy Granger|
Ray & Liz is a 2018 British drama film written and directed by Richard Billingham, his feature debut. The film retells Billingham's troubled childhood growing up in a Black Country council flat during the Thatcher era. It focuses "on his parents Ray and Liz, their relationship, and its impact on Richard and his younger brother Jason." 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 has an origin in Ray, a single-screen video artwork that premiered at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Wales in 2015. 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.
- 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. 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."
- Special Mention, Locarno Festival for Billingham
- Sunderland Award for Best First Film, London Film Festival, nomination
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