15 certificateThe Governess is a Film programme that first aired in 1998 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

The Governess is a 2 star programme

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The Governess (1998)

Directed by
Sandra Goldbacher

Miinie Driver heads an exceptional cast, including Tom Wilkinson, Harriet Walker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Florence Hoath, in BBC Films' "The Governess".

This film tells the story of a privileged young woman who by concealing her identity rediscovers herself.

Rosina da Silve (Minnie Driver) leads a sheltered life among London's vibrant Sephardic Jewish community of the 1840's. But after the sudden death of her father and the need to find employment, she assumes a false identity as Mary Blackchurch, a gentile governess, and finds a position with the wealthy Cavendish family who live on a remote Scottish island.

There she is drawn into their strange world and her employer Charles Cavendish's (Tom Wilkinson) experimental work in the embryonic process of photography.

In this bleak and troubled household, Rosina becomes fascinated by the obsessive Charles and his work and finds a release in an overwhelming passion that changes her world, at a high and emotional cost.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1998

2/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: UK

Filmed in Colour


Image for Minnie DriverMinnie Driver...Rosina da Silva
Image for Tom WilkinsonTom Wilkinson...Mr. Charles Cavendish
Image for Harriet WalterHarriet Walter...Mrs. Cavendish
Florence Hoath...Clementina Cavendish
Bruce Myers...Rosina's Father
Image for Jonathan Rhys-MeyersJonathan Rhys-Meyers...Henry Cavendish
Arlene Cockburn...Lily Milk the Maid
Emma Bird...Rebecca
Adam Levy...Benjamin
Countess Koulinskyi...Aunt Sofka