Iris (2001 film)

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Iris
Iris poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Eyre
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on Elegy for Iris 
by John Bayley
Starring
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Roger Pratt
Edited by Martin Walsh
Production
company
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 14 December 2001 (2001-12-14) (Premiere)
  • 18 January 2002 (2002-01-18) (United Kingdom)
  • 29 March 2002 (2002-03-29) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes[1]
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Language English
Budget $5.5 million
Box office $16.2 million[2]

Iris is a 2001 British-American biographical drama film that tells the story of British novelist Iris Murdoch and her relationship with John Bayley.[3] 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, 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 (Kate Winslet) meets fellow student John Bayley (Hugh Bonneville) 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 (Jim Broadbent) doting on his more famous wife (Judi Dench). When Iris begins experiencing forgetfulness and dementia, however, the devoted John struggles with hopelessness and frustration, and becomes 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 (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 13 December 2001. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Iris (2001)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. 17 May 2002. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  3. ^ ""Iris" Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 

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