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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.

Original title: Ray & Liz English title: Ray & Liz Country: UK Language: English Production year: 2018 Length: 107' Aspect ratio: 4:3

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Ella Smith, Justin Salinger, Patrick Romer, Deirdre Kelly, Tony Way, Sam Gittins, Joshua Millard-Lloyd


Director: Richard Billingham  Screenwriter: Richard Billingham  DOP: Daniel Landin Editor: Tracy Granger Producer: Jacqui Davies Production Company: Primitive Film World sales: Luxbox




Locarno Film Festival
International Competition : Special Mention Jury Prize

Sevilla Film Festival
International Competition : Grand Jury Award

Thessaloniki Film Festival
International Competition : Golden Alexander for Best Film

El Gouna Film Festival
International Competition : Silver Award for Narrative Film

Batumi Film Festival
International Competition - Best Film & Best Actress Award to Ella Smith

Nouveau Cinema Montreal Film Festival
Les Nouveaux Alchimistes : Special Mention Jury Prize

Leffest - Lisboa & Sintra Film Festival
International Competition : Special Jury Award for Best Director

Toronto International Film Festival

New-York Film Festival
Main Slate

BFI London Film Festival
First Feature Competition

American Film Institute Film Festival ( AFI Fest)

CPH:PIX Film Festival

Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival

Stockholm International Film Festival

Mostra Internacional de Sao Paulo

CineJameson Miskolc Film Festival

Singapore International Film Festival

Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival


Richard Billingham


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, also in 2001. He has made work about his immediate family, about animals in zoos around the world and about the British landscape. Recently he has written and directed his first feature film for cinema called ‘Ray & Liz’, shot on location in the Midlands where he grew up. 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. 



2018, Ray & Liz

2016, Ray (part 1 of 3-part feature film)

1999, Playstation (short documentary video)

1999, Ray in Bed (short documentary video)

1998, Tony Smoking Backwards (short documentary video)

1998, Liz Smoking (short documentary video)

1998, Fishtank (documentary video)

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