A jar of discarded cigarettes. A crate of booze, paid for with redundancy money. Scarred wallpaper. These are the images that fill Richard Billingham’s directorial debut Ray & Liz, and you’d be right in thinking it’s a fairly miserable affair.
Richard Billingham interview: Ray & Liz director talks BAFTA nomination and growing up with Laurel & Hardy
Not many directors can boast of a BAFTA nomination for their debut feature length film, and not many can boast of also being in the running for a Turner Prize. Richard Billingham can.
February, along with January, is normally regarded as a ‘dump month’ in cinema.