Watch the first trailer for Ray & Liz

The debut film of Turner Prize-nominated artist Richard Billingham celebrated its World Premiere at Locarno Film Festival this week.

With Ray & Liz, Richard Billingham returns to the striking series of photographs that he captured of his family during Thatcher-era Britain to tell a universal story of everyday conflicts, loneliness, love and loss. The project has been developed over five years with producer Jacqui Davies.

The cast includes Justin Salinger (Everest, Humans) and Ella Smith (The Voices, Kill Your Friends) as the younger Ray and Liz, Tony Way (High-Rise, Sightseers) as Uncle Lol, plus a number of young newcomers playing earlier incarnations of Billingham and his brother Jason as children.

Since its World Premiere in Locarno, Ray & Liz has earned rave reviews, with Screen Daily calling it 'a striking, sustained artistic achievement,' while The Hollywood Reporter described the film as 'an auspicious debut.'

Ray & Liz is financed by the BFI and Ffilm Cymru Wales with National Lottery funding, in association with Welsh production company Severn Screen. Worldwide sales are being handled by Luxbox, excluding the UK which is being sold by Jacqui Davies’ Primitive Films.