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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.


Gaylene Preston


Graeme Tetley


Gaylene Preston


Robin Laing

Director of Photography

Leon Narbey


Paul Sutorius




New Zealand

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