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‘Ray & Liz’ Sees an Acclaimed Artist Return to His Family and ’80s Working-Class Britain

'Ray & Liz' Sees an Acclaimed Artist Return to His Family and '80s Working-Class Britain

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Ray & Liz

Logline: On the margins of society the Billingham family perform extreme rituals, breaking cultural taboos, muddling through lives decided by factors beyond their control.

Elevator Pitch: 
“Ray & Liz” is Deutsche Börse Prize winning artist Richard Billingham’s first feature film. With cinematographer Daniel Landin (“Under the Skin”), Billingham returns to the iconic, sometimes shocking photographs he captured of his family during Thatcher-era Britain to tell a universal story of everyday conflicts, loneliness, love and loss in three episodes:

Ray lies in bed alone, imprisoned by alcohol, as flies crawl up the walls around him. Liz beats Ray’s brother Lol to a pulp with a new pair of shoes, after a malicious set-up. 10 year old Jason watches the fireworks but cannot find his way home alone… 

Production Team:
Director: Richard Billingham
Producer: Jacqui Davies
Cinematographer: Daniel Landin

About the Film:
“Ray & Liz” is a concentration of my own lived experience of growing up in a tower block on a council flat during Thatcher-era Britain. By sticking true to real life, lived experience and observation I want to recreate a world that can only have come about from my being a witness to it. I want to show a world unseen. A natural progression from my previous photographic work.

I want to make films that any viewer can relate to and that although may be entertaining, will make audiences think and reflect on what they have experienced long after watching.

Current Status: 1/3rd already shot for a video work for gallery installation (RAY); filming remainder in October 2016. Production budget largely secured, but now fundraising for development.

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