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Ray & Liz (2018)

Photographer Richard Billingham returns to the squalid council flat outside of Birmingham where he and his brother were raised, in a confrontation and reconciliation with parents Ray and Liz.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 14 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Richard Ashton ... Sid
Jamie-Lee Beacher ... Teenage mom
Michelle Bonnard ... Zeinab
Sam Dodd Sam Dodd ... Cahill
James Eeles ... Kevin
Sam Gittins ... Will
James Hinton James Hinton ... Dean
Andrew Jefferson-Tierney ... Headmaster - Mr Hale
Patrick Romer Patrick Romer ... Older Ray
Justin Salinger ... Ray
Ella Smith ... Liz
Tony Way ... Lol
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Photographer Richard Billingham returns to the squalid council flat outside of Birmingham where he and his brother were raised, in a confrontation and reconciliation with parents Ray and Liz.

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Release Date:

8 March 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Rejus ir Liza See more »

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£700,000 (estimated)
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Written by David Steele and Roland Gift
Performed by Fine Young Cannibals
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Great authenticity, but unfulfilled story and unsympathetic characters let it down
9 November 2018 | by gricey_sandgrounderSee all my reviews

When I realised the story was working-class centred, I felt optimistic as there is plenty of highly acclaimed films within this sub-genre that have been made in the past. The most notable directors making these are probably Ken Loach and Mike Leigh.

This film sees the directorial debut from Richard Bellingham, who seems to be showing his childhood from his upbringing in Birmingham.

What I liked about it the most was authentic look it had in every department. From the surroundings, to the sets, costumes and performances.

I was intrigued by the decisions in jumping from two timelines as wells as it got me wanting to know how the journey was going to develop into destination that we see in the opening scene.

The tone had mixes of comedy, strong British drama and some disturbing despicable moments.

The latter made it feel tricky to root for any characters as I just pityed them for the remainder of the film.

Then while the final act did mildly fill the gaps in the story from the opening scene, I just felt it could have been executed better and maybe be more impactful.

I didn't think much of it in the end. It is fairly solid throughout and there was nothing wrong in terms of the production department. The authenticity of the time period was the most impressive aspect and it was an interesting enough working-class story.

But finding it hard to feel sympathy for the characters and not feeling the story being completed made it also look a bit unfulfilled.

With many stronger directors out there showing similar stories, this particular feature I think could feel lost. But there is potential for a strong story to come out of Richard Bellingham both as a director and as a writer. So maybe see this a film as a work in progress.

Rating: 7/10


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