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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

Vilnius Film Festival
European Debut Competition : Best Film

Luxembourg Film Festival
International Competition : Grand Jury Award for Best Film

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

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

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

Subversive Film Festival
International Competition - Best Film

Toronto International Film Festival - Wavelenghts
New-York Film Festival - Main Slate
BFI London Film Festival - First Features Competition
Angers Premiers Plans - International Competition
Bergamo Film Meeting - International Competition
AFI Fest
CPH:PIX Film Festival
Stockholm International Film Festival - Impact Competition
Mostra Internacional de Sao Paulo - New Directors Competition
Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival
CineJameson Miskolc Film Festival
Singapore International Film Festival
FICUNAM Film Festival - International Competition
Hong-Kong 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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