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Ray & Liz Unclassified 18+

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Revered photographer Richard Billingham revisits his coming of age in a chaotic council flat in the 1980s, portraying it with a tender, melancholy beauty full of subtle humour and pathos. 

In 1996, Richard Billingham published Ray’s a Laugh, an uncompromising set of photos of his alcoholic father Ray and his chain-smoking mother Liz. His feature film debut, Ray & Liz, brings those vivid images to life in three parts across three timeframes. Billingham reanimates the Birmingham council flat in which he and his younger brother were frequently neglected, crafting a stark portrait of life on the margins in Thatcher’s England.

Premiering at the 2018 Locarno Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize, Ray & Liz renders these surrounds on 16mm film, with the striking compositions expected from a Turner Prize-nominated artist. What could have been a study in brutality is instead an unsentimental and intensely moving film experience, expressing both anger and love.

“This is an off-kilter, obliquely topical portrait of how grinding poverty begets dysfunction.” – Sight & Sound

Guests: Richard Billingham

Tickets

1441
Fri 09 Aug 9:00 pm [1441]
Ray & Liz (108 mins)
Forum Theatre Wheelchair Access
Past event
1541
Sun 11 Aug 3:45 pm [1541]
Ray & Liz (108 mins)
Forum Theatre Wheelchair Access
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Director
Richard Billingham
Producer
Jacqui Davies
Screenwriter
Richard Billingham
Cinematographer
Daniel Landin
Editor
Tracy Granger
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Luxbox

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