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Ruby and Rata - 1990

Preston Laing Productions - 99 min.

DVD UPC/EAN #8432593002499

Cast: Yvonne Lawley, Vanessa Rare, Lee Mete-Kingi, Simon Barnett, Dr. Debes Bhattacharyya, Russell Smith.
Crew: Screenplay: Graeme Tetley, Gaylene Preston; Production designer: Robert Gillies; Photography: Leon Narbey; Editor: Paul Sutorius; Music Director: Jonathon Crayford; Vocals: Vanessa Rare; Players: Members of the New Zealand Symphony, conducted by Ken Young; Producers: Robin Laing, Gaylene Preston; Director: Gaylene Preston.

Eighty-three year old Ruby fears an excuse to put her in the Golden Age Retirement home and arranges for her nephew to find a suitable tenant for her downstairs flat. Spying Rata, Ruby assumes she is the property-dealing businesswoman Rata says she is. In reality Rata is a welfare-defrauding, aspiring rock singer with an eight-year-old delinquent son. A reasonably well done light comedy, with a fine first role from Lee Mete-Kingi. .

Censor Rating: PG - Review Rating: C+

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An R0 PAL DVD is available from Spanish sources. This dvd is presented 1.33:1 with Spanish 5.1 and the original English 2.0. It also has Spanish subtitles and includes some Spanish text bios and still photos. Check eBay for this one.

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"I hate patronising, lower depths- type movies about how ghastly it is to be working class and poor [...] Ruby and Rata is not that kind of film. The heroine, Rata (Vanessa Rare) is allowed a full complement of character flaws, as is her determined antagonist Ruby (Yvonne Lawley). Poverty and age, respectively, are not allowed to obscure the essential humanity of this mismatched pair. Because they seem real, they are likeable and fun to spend time with. .." - (Costa Botes, "Mismatch makes fine comedy", The Dominion, October 1, 1990)


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1990 - New Zealand Film and Television Awards: Best Editing, best soundtrack, best film score, best male preformance: Lee Mete-Kingi.

1991 - Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals: Third Place, popular Choice.

Giffoni Film Festival: Gold Medal.

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