Ray & Liz trailer: A film by Turner Prize-nominated artist Richard Billingham
Acclaimed photographer and artist Richard Billingham's debut feature film, Ray & Liz, will receive its premiere at this year's Locarno Film Festival on August 5th. The film was developed from a 5 minute video artwork piece called Ray which was shown at the Gylnn Vivian Art Gallery back in 2015. The trailer gives a good account of what to expect, with lived in performances from the cast giving us a snapshot of working class life in 80s England. Great use of Siouxsie and the Banshees' Happy House too. Watch the trailer for Ray & Liz above to see for yourself.
Ray & Liz explores the tumultuous conditions of Billingham's childhood and takes an unflinching look at the claustrophobic lives of his parents Ray and Liz, Richard and his brother Jason. It profiles three episodes in the lives of characters who became worldwide symbols of Margaret Thatcher-era poverty – despite rarely leaving their Birmingham council flat – after the publication of Billingham's 1996 book Ray's a Laugh.
Billingham wrote the script as well as directing, with the cast led by Ella Smith, Justin Salinger, Tony Way, Patrick Romer and Deirdre Kelly.