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Ray & Liz

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Ray & Liz

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Sunday 23 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Ray & Liz is written and directed by Richard Billingham, his feature debut. The film retells Billingham's troubled childhood growing up in a Black Country council flat during the Thatcher era, focusing on his parents Ray and Liz, their relationship, and its impact on Richard and his younger brother. On the outskirts of Birmingham, the Billingham family perform extreme rituals and break social taboos as they muddle through a life decided by factors beyond their control. Told through painful flashbacks, often shocking, yet laced with an unsettling humour. “It’s gruelling at times, but the film is extraordinary and unflinching. And remarkably, it’s made with as much love as anger.” The Guardian.  Starring Ella Smith, Deidre Kelly, Justin Salinger & Patrick Romer. Nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut.