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Iris

Iris film poster
Directed by Richard Eyre
Produced by Robert Fox
Scott Rudin
Written by John Bayley (novel)
Richard Eyre
Charles Wood (screenplay)
Starring Kate Winslet
Judi Dench
Jim Broadbent
Hugh Bonneville
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Roger Pratt
Editing by Martin Walsh
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date(s) December 14, 2001
Running time 92 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $5,500,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $16,153,953 (worldwide)

Iris is a 2001 biographical film that tells the story of Irish novelist Iris Murdoch and her relationship with John Bayley. The film contrasts the start of their relationship, when Murdoch (played by Kate Winslet) was an outgoing, dominant individual as compared to her timid and scholarly partner Bayley (played by Hugh Bonneville), and their later life, when Murdoch (now played by Judi Dench) was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and tended to by a frustrated Bayley (played by 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.

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Plot

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 ever-doltish but 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

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards record
1. Best Supporting Actor
BAFTA Awards record
1. Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Awards record
1. Best Supporting Actor
  • Academy Awards
    • Best Actress: Judi Dench
    • Best Supporting Actor - Jim Broadbent - WON
    • Best Supporting Actress - Kate Winslet
  • BAFTA Awards
    • Best British Film
    • Best Actor - Jim Broadbent
    • Best Actress - Judi Dench - WON
    • Best Supporting Actor - Hugh Bonneville
    • Best Supporting Actress - Kate Winslet
    • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Golden Globe Award
    • Best Actress - Drama - Judi Dench
    • Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture - Jim Broadbent - WON
    • Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture - Kate Winslet
  • Satellite Awards
    • Best Actress - Judi Dench
    • Best Supporting Actor - Jim Broadbent
    • Best Supporting Actress - Kate Winslet

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