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Ruby and Rata Film – 1990 Comedy

Ruby and Rata

Film – 1990 Comedy

PG Parental Guidance
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Originally conceived as a TV series, Gaylene Preston's comedy was a local hit, uplifting recession-era audiences with a plucky misfits saga. Ruby (Yvonne Lawley), an 83 year old trying to dodge a retirement home, rents a room to Rata, a solo mum with sidelines in music and benefit fraud. Rata's son is into arson and shoplifting, while Ruby's nephew (What Now's Simon Barnett) is a hapless yuppie wannabe. Marginalised by the deregulated economy of the 80s and living on their wits, they may just find common cause despite themselves in this Graeme Tetley-penned tale.

Ruby and Rata is a 110-minute riposte to anyone who claims that New Zealand cinema is dour and grim
– Hamish McDouall, in his book 100 Essential New Zealand Films

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Availability

Available to buy and rent from NZ Film On Demand

Available to purchase from Gaylene Preston Productions.

Acknowledgements

In association with NZ Film Commission