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Ray & Liz

Inspired by his own memories of growing up in 70s Birmingham, British photographer-turned-filmmaker Richard Billingham creates an unflinching tapestry of impoverished life. Shot on 16mm and clogged with an atmosphere of smoke and squalor, Billingham confronts issues of alcoholism and abuse with an eye for detail and devastation.





Richard Billingham revisits the figures of his earlier photographs — his alcoholic father Ray; his mother Liz; and his younger brother Jason — with a series of family vignettes where life, lived on the margins of society and societal taboos, can spiral out of control.