Iris 001
3 Nominations / 1 Win
Year 2001
Director Richard Eyre
Writer Richard Eyre, Charles Wood
Starring Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Bonnevile
74th Academy Awards

Iris is a 2001 biographical film that tells the story of British novelist Iris Murdoch and her relationship with John Bayley. The film, which was directed by Richard Eyre, is based on Bayley's memoir "Elegy for Iris". The films stars Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent and Kate Winslet.




Iris, based on the life of revered British writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch, is a story of unlikely yet enduring love. As a young academic, teaching philosophy at Oxford, Murdoch meets and eventually falls in love with fellow professor, John Bayley, a man whose akwardness seems in stark opposition to the spirited self-confidence of his future wife. The story unfolds as snippets of time, seen through Bayley's eyes. He recalls their first encounter over 40 years ago, activities they enjoyed doing together, and Iris' charismatic and individualistic personality. These image portray Murdoch as a vibrant young woman with great intellect and are contrasted with the novelist's later life, after the effects of Alzheimer's disease have ravaged her. Murdoch's great mind deteriorates until she is reduced to a mere vestige of her former self, unable to preform simple tasks and completely reliant on here at times frustrated, yet devoted husband.