Director: Richard Eyre

91 mins, UK-USA, 2001, Digital

This film screened on Monday  15th July 2019.

Introduced by award-winning concert pianist Finghin Collins. 

On the actual centenary of her birth, the great Dublin-born writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch will be commemorated across the city with various events.

For this month’s Bigger Picture, we are showing this moving drama, based on the biography by Murdoch’s husband, John Bayley. The magnificent performances from Judi Dench and Oscar winner Jim Broadbent capture the complexity of the author, from student days through to her long relationship with Bayley, and the harrowing later years when her brilliant mind was tormented by Alzheimer’s.

To introduce the film, award-winning concert pianist Finghin Collins will speak of his love of Murdoch’s novels and how he believes her to be one of Ireland’s finest 20th century writers, deserving of wide recognition and celebration.

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