Original Name: Ray & Liz
English Name: Ray & Liz
Run Time: 107'
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Director: Richard Billingham
Producer: Jacqui Davies
Cast: Ella Smith, Justin Salinger, Patrick Romer, Deirdre Kelly, Tony Way, Sam Gittins, Joshua Millard-Lloyd
Cinematographer: Daniel Landin
Editor: Tracy Granger
Sound Designer: Joakim Sundström
Costume Designer: Emma Rees
Production Company: Primitive Film
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In 1997 he was the first recipient of the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize, and the following year BBC2 broadcast his film Fishtank, (47mins) produced by Artangel and filmmaker Adam Curtis. He exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2001 and was nominated for the Turner Prize. He has made work about his immediate family, about animals in zoos around the world, and about the British landscape. Ray and Liz is his debut feature. His work is held in many collections including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, V & A, and Tate Galleries, London.
On the outskirts of Birmingham and the margins of society the Billingham family perform extreme rituals and break social taboos as they muddle through a life decided by factors beyond their control. 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.
An original take on the British kitchen sink genre, the film recalls early Ken Loach, Samuel Beckett, and the unbridled melodrama of Fassbinder's 16mm television work, all while exhibiting a vision and aesthetic of its own. By turns tremendously sad, shocking, hilarious, and humanist, the film is as much about desperation and poverty as it is about memory, resistance, and small moments of grace.