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Ruby and Rata

1h 50m Drama 1990

The small downstairs apartment is a dream come true for Rata and her young son and Ruby encourages her agent to rent it to the suitable young businesswoman she sees from her window. With a helpful and friendly tenant, Ruby is sure she can resist having to move to the Sunset Villas retirement home.

But nothing is as it seems.

Far from being a businesswoman, Rata is a mistress of disguise – practiced in welfare fraud, a wannabe rock singer and mother to eight-year-old Willie. Neither is Ruby the kindly child-minder Rata anticipated. Willie wants nothing to do with the old witch upstairs.

And Buckle, the agent who is really Ruby’s nephew in disguise, soon finds both women more than a match for him.

From the ensuing clash of personalities and generations, emerges a story told with humour, warmth and charm, of two determined and manipulative women who have more in common than they realise.


Yvonne Lawley (Ruby) , Vanessa Rare (Rata) , Lee Mete-Kingi (Willie) , Simon Barnett (Buckle)


Gaylene Preston


Graeme Tetley


Gaylene Preston


Robin Laing

Director of Photography

Leon Narbey


Paul Sutorius




New Zealand

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