Iris (film)

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Iris
Iris poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Richard Eyre
Produced by Robert Fox
Scott Rudin
Screenplay by Richard Eyre
Charles Wood
Based on Elegy for Iris 
by John Bayley
Starring Judi Dench
Kate Winslet
Jim Broadbent
Hugh Bonneville
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Roger Pratt
Editing by Martin Walsh
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release dates
  • 14 December 2001 (2001-12-14)
Running time 92 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $5.5 million
Box office $16,153,953

Iris is a 2001 biographical film that tells the story of British novelist Iris Murdoch and her relationship with John Bayley.[1] The film contrasts the start of their relationship, when Murdoch (Kate Winslet) was an outgoing, dominant individual as compared to her timid and scholarly partner Bayley (Hugh Bonneville), and their later life, when Murdoch (Judi Dench) was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and tended to by a frustrated Bayley (Jim Broadbent) in their North Oxford home in Charlbury Road.

The film, which was directed by Richard Eyre, is based on Bayley's memoir Elegy for Iris. The beach scenes were filmed at Southwold in Suffolk, one of Murdoch's favourite haunts.

Broadbent received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role. Dench and Winslet were both nominated, for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively.

Plot[edit]

When the young Iris Murdoch meets fellow student John Bayley at the University of Oxford, he is a naive virgin easily flummoxed by her libertine spirit, arch personality, and obvious artistic talent. Decades later, little has changed and the couple keeps house, with John doting on his more famous wife. When Iris begins experiencing forgetfulness and dementia, however, the devoted John struggles with hopelessness and frustration to become her caretaker, as his wife's mind deteriorates from the ravages of Alzheimer's disease.

Cast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Academy Awards
    • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Judi Dench
    • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jim Broadbent - WON
    • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Kate Winslet
Academy Awards record
1. Best Supporting Actor
BAFTA Awards record
1. Best Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe Awards record
1. Best Supporting Actor
  • BAFTA Awards
    • Best British Film
    • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Jim Broadbent
    • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Judi Dench - WON
    • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Hugh Bonneville
    • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Kate Winslet
    • Best Screenplay - Adapted
  • Golden Globe Awards
    • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Judi Dench
    • Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture - Jim Broadbent: WON
    • Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture: Kate Winslet
  • Satellite Awards
    • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Judi Dench
    • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama: Jim Broadbent
    • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama: Kate Winslet
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards
    • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Judi Dench
    • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Jim Broadbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Iris" Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 

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