Iris (2001 film)
Iris is a 2001 biographical drama film about novelist Iris Murdoch and her relationship with her husband John Bayley. Directed by Richard Eyre from a screenplay he co-wrote with Charles Wood, the film is based on Bayley's 1999 memoir Elegy for Iris.[3] Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent portray Murdoch and Bayley during the later stages of their marriage, while Kate Winslet and Hugh Bonneville appear as the couple in their younger years. The film contrasts the start of their relationship, when Murdoch was an outgoing, dominant individual compared to the timid and scholarly Bayley, and their later life, when Murdoch was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and tended to by a frustrated Bayley in their North Oxford home in Charlbury Road. The beach scenes were filmed at Southwold in Suffolk, one of Murdoch's favourite haunts.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Eyre
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onElegy for Iris
by John Bayley
Music byJames Horner
CinematographyRoger Pratt
Edited byMartin Walsh
Distributed by
Release date
  • 14 December 2001 (Premiere)
  • 18 January 2002 (United Kingdom)
  • 29 March 2002 (United States)
Running time
90 minutes[1]
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Budget$5.5 million
Box office$16.2 million[2]
The film had its world premiere on 14 December 2001, and was released theatrically in the United Kingdom on 18 January 2002, and the United States on 29 March 2002. It grossed $16.2 million on a $5.5 million budget and received positive reviews, with praise towards the performances. For his role as Bayley, Broadbent won Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards. The film also picked up nominations for Dench as Best Actress and Winslet for Best Supporting Actress.
When the young Iris Murdoch meets fellow student John Bayley at Somerville College, 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,[3] and becomes her caretaker, as his wife's mind deteriorates from the ravages of Alzheimer's disease.[4]
Iris received positive reviews from critics, with a 79% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes from a sample of 110 critics, and an average rating of 7.09/10. The website's critical consensus states, "A solidly constructed drama, Iris is greatly elevated by the strength of its four lead performances."[5] The movie received a Metacritic score of 76 based on 30 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[6]
Awards and nominations
Academy Awards
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
  1. ^ "IRIS (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 13 December 2001. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Iris (2001)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. 17 May 2002. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Peter Bradshaw (18 January 2002). "Iris". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Iris". TimeOut. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Iris (2001)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  6. ^ "Iris (2001)". Metacritic.
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