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BBFC RatingBelfast Film Festival Presents: Iris in the Traffic, Ruby in the Rain

Showing: 23 November 2020

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Mon 23 Nov 2020

CertificatePG
Year1981
GenreDrama
DirectorJon Amiel
WritersStewart Parker
LanguageEnglish
CountryUK
Running Time1HR 5MINS
SeasonBelfast Film Festival and Docs Ireland

Belfast playwright Stewart Parker achieved growing recognition during the 1970s and was responsible for three Plays for Today. Of these, Iris in the Traffic, Ruby in the Rain, written specifically for television, is undoubtedly the best.

Shot in part in Belfast, it follows the mini-odysseys of Iris and Ruby, two women initially unknown to each other, during the course of a day in the city. Although set firmly during the Troubles, the play is less concerned with the politics of the conflict than the ways in which the characters respond to the more immediate personal and ethical challenges that confront them.

Frances Tomelty delivers a fine performance as Ruby, the social psychologist at the end of her tether, singer Jake Burns appears in a small role as a friend of Ruby, while Stiff Little Fingers are not only heard on the soundtrack but also perform at a gig attended by Iris (Aingeal Grehan).

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