LONDON — After a series of U.S. roles, Minnie Driver has returned to the U.K. to star in “The Governess,” which started shooting Monday.
The romantic drama, written and directed by first-timer Sandra Goldbacher, has been pre-bought by Sony Pictures Classics for North and South America, Spain and Australia.
Set in 1840, it’s the story of a young Jewish woman who is forced to disguise herself as a gentile and find a job outside her sheltered community. She becomes a governess on a remote Scottish island, and falls into a passionate affair with her austere employer.
The film is produced by Sarah Curtis (“Mrs. Brown”) and is financed by Pandora Cinema, the Arts Council of England, British Screen and the BBC. Driver’s co-stars are Tom Wilkinson, Harriet Walter and Jonathan Rhys-Myers.