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Ray & Liz (15)
1st March 2019 8:00 pm
BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW
Director: Richard Billingham
Starring: Ella Smith, Justin Salinger, Patrick Romer
On the fringes 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 the experience of growing up in a Black Country council flat that was director Richard Billingham’s own. Blisteringly honest, detached even, his first feature takes the photos of his alcoholic dad and his tattooed mum (Ray and Liz), featured in the Saatchi ‘Sensation’ exhibition of the late ’90s, that step further.
Running time: 1hr 48mins