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    Ray & Liz 

    Directed by Richard Billingham
    UK | 108 minutes | World Cinema Now

Savage, tender and darkly funny, this unforgettable autobiographical memory film by celebrated British photographer Richard Billingham re-creates his childhood in a strikingly dysfunctional working-class family. How he survived to tell the tale is a minor miracle.


January 4, 2019 8:00 PM   Tickets not available
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January 11, 2019 1:30 PM   Tickets not available
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January 12, 2019 10:00 AM   Tickets not available
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film synopsis

This is the remarkable first film by the celebrated British photographer Richard Billingham, whose shockingly intimate portraits of his alcoholic father Ray made his reputation. Now working-class Ray and Richard's chain-smoking, tattooed mother Liz are brought to life by two sets of actors in this singular autobiographical memory film. Structured as a triptych, and shot on 16mm in the box-like 4:3 ratio, this savage, tender, and darkly funny film takes us into the bosom of Billingham's dysfunctional family, where the couple's two young sons must learn to survive their parents' hopelessly neglectful ways - not to mention the disastrous babysitting of Mum's intellectually challenged brother, and a metalhead lodger with menacing intentions. Billingham takes kitchen-sink realism to new, bleakly poetic levels with his haunting images of flats cluttered with pets, booze, bric-a-brac, and broken dreams.

In competition for the New Voices New Visions Award.

film details

Country: UK
Year: 2018
Running Time: 108 minutes
Language: English
Director: Richard Billingham
Producers: Jacqui Davies
Principal Cast: Ella Smith, Justin Salinger, Patrick Romer, Deirdre Kelly, Tony Way, Sam Gittins, Joshua Millard-Lloyd
Primary Company: KimStim
Cinematographers: Daniel Landin
Editor: Tracy Granger
Screenwriter: Richard Billingham

guests in attendance

Director Richard Billingham will be in attendance January 11 and 12.

2019 Film Festival