Director: Richard Billingham
Cast: Ella Smith, Justin Salinger, Tony Way, Michelle Bonnard, James Eeles, Sam Gittins, Andrew Jefferson-Tierney
Runtime: 108 min.
Delicate and grotesque retro about a real family of geeks
Renowned photographer Richard Billingham makes his feature-film debut with this intricate family portrait, inspired by his own memories of growing up in the West Midlands in the late 70s and early 80s, and then his father and mother in the late 90’s.
On the outskirts of Birmingham and the margins of society the Billingham family perform extreme rituals and break social taboos as they muddle through a life decided by factors beyond their control. At times shocking and laced with an unsettling humour, three episodes unfold as a powerful evocation of experience of growing up in a Black Country council flat.
Awards & Festivals:
Locarno International Film Festival – Special Jury Prize
London Film Festival – participation
CPH PIX – participation
Batumi International ArtHouse Film Festival – Best Film
Jameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film Festival – participation