Iris: A Screenplay
Bloomsbury, 2002 - 138 pages
Based on John Bayley's memoirs, IRIS tells the moving and extraordinary story of the forty-year love affair between him and the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch. From the romance of their early days at Oxford in the 1950s to her devastating decline in the grip of Alzheimer's disease in the late 1990s, IRIS is a tender portrait of a marriage that survives even through life's most tragic and mysterious occurrences. Blurring the boundaries between past and present, IRIS captures the relationship of two brilliant intellectuals, determinedly unworldly, and yet utterly devoted to each other. It is a profoundly affecting study of enduring love. Included in this book are the complete shooting script written by Richard Eyre and Charles Wood, a new introduction by Richard Eyre, interviews with John Bayley, Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Bonneville, dozens of stills from the film, biographies of the cast and crew, and complete credits. IRIS has been nominated for three awards at the 2002 Golden Globe Awards.
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