At 65, Jack (Bob Hoskins) is consumed by past guilt and regret. His strained relationship with his son is severed on the death of his wife. Jack is lost and alone in his self loathing, and spirals into decline. Hope arrives in the unlikely form of eight-year-old, Florrie, a soft-natured girl who moves in next door and delights in his long neglected racing pigeon Ruby.
When his glamorous French neighbour, Stephanie (Josiane Balasko) takes pity on him, Jack cannot help but fall for her charms. Encouraged by Stephanie, Jack helps a local hooligan by giving him his prized Ruby. When an innocent friendship with Florrie is thrown into question and Stephanie reveals a well kept secret, Jack's life is thrown into turmoil once again. Jack finally cracks, consumed with sadness and humiliation, until tragedy forces him to confront his prejudices, face his fears and challenge those around him in a bid to win back Stephanie's love.
Ruby Blue is Jan's second feature film. Jan's debut feature film, Gypo, was critically acclaimed across the board and went on to receive many industry awards both in the UK and US including a British Independent Film Award.
Over the past 4 years, Jan has built a strong reputation as a film maker. Several of her short films have achieved critical and financial success, particularly her two comedies, Mary's Date and Joan, which were selected for festival representation by the British Council. Both achieved UK theatrical distribution and worldwide sales.
She will be shooting her next feature, The Calling, in Summer 2007, which has already attracted top UK talent Brenda Blethyn, Natalie Press, Susannah York and Rita Tushingham.