Ella Smith, Justin Salinger, Tony Way, Richard Ashton, Michelle Bonnard
Richard Billingham is perhaps best known for his 1996 photography book Ray's a Laugh, which strikingly documented the lives of his father and mother, living in poverty. He makes his film debut with a deeply personal portrait of the home he grew up in.
As his father Ray (Justin Salinger) slips ever-deeper into alcoholism and with the violent melancholy of his mother Liz (Ella Smith) looming over the household, Ray & Liz is both unflinchingly honest and exquisitely composed.
Without indulging in sentimentality, it's a film that spans bleak social realism, dark humour and painful irony.
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