RAY & LIZ
Turner Prize-nominated British photographer Richard Billingham makes his feature film debut with this gritty, 16mm-shot family portrait, based on the 1996 photo series "Ray's a Laugh," which put him on the map as a Young British Artist and brought the term "squalid realism" into the lexicon of contemporary art. Inspired by his own upbringing in the Black Country, west of Birmingham, RAY & LIZ is named for Billingham's highly dysfunctional parents and comprises three episodes in the family's life, spanning the early 1980s to the late 2000s. Like "Ray's a Laugh," the result is grimy, shocking and truthful, yet grounded by a humor and humanity that breathes life and empathy into every frame. Winner, Special Mention Jury Prize, 2018 Locarno Film Festival; Official Selection, 2018 Toronto, New York, London and AFI FEST film festivals. DIR/SCR Richard Billingham; PROD Jacqui Davies. UK, 2018, color, 108 min. In English. NOT RATED
No AFI Member passes accepted.