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BAFTA hopes for Swansea Director

Richard Billingham, who lives in Swansea is up for Outstanding Debut in tonight's awards.

‘Ray and Liz’ is Richard’s first feature film and is based on Richard’s childhood memories.

He was born in Birmingham but now lives with his family in Swansea.

The film is nominated in the BAFTA category for ‘Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer’

It focuses on his parents Ray and Liz, their relationship, and its impact on Richard and his younger brother Jason.

At times shocking and laced with an unsettling humour, the film unfolds as three episodes which give a powerful evocation of the experience of growing up in a Black Country council flat, shot on location in the Midlands where he grew up.

Richard Billingham was the first recipient of the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize in 1997. The following year BBC2 broadcast his film “Fishtank”. He exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2001 and was nominated for the Turner Prize the same year.

His photography work is held in many collections including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, V&A and Tate Galleries, London.

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