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The Governess -- In this sensuous romance, Minnie Driver stars as a governess who is hired into a remote Scottish household and strongly affects all those she comes into contact with.
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Release Date:
31 July 1998 (USA) See more »
When the father of privileged Rosina da Silva violently dies, she decides to pass herself off as a gentile... See more » | Add synopsis »
3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A beautiful, haunting period piece See more (59 total) »


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Minnie Driver ... Rosina da Silva

Tom Wilkinson ... Mr. Charles Cavendish
Florence Hoath ... Clementina Cavendish

Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Henry Cavendish

Harriet Walter ... Mrs. Cavendish
Arlene Cockburn ... Lily Milk, the Maid
Emma Bird ... Rebecca

Adam Levy ... Benjamin
Countess Koulinskyi ... Aunt Sofka (as The Countess Koulinskyi)
Bruce Myers ... Rosina's Father
Diana Brooks ... Rosina's Mother
Raymond Brody ... Litnoff
Olga ... Leonora
Cyril Shaps ... Doctor
Kendal Cramer ... Young Rosina
Ralph Riach ... Mr. Hewlett
Joe Bromley ... Prostitute
Stephen Robbins ... Rabbi

Ofra Haza ... Featured Vocalist (voice)
Maurice Martin ... Cantor (voice)

Directed by
Sandra Goldbacher 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sandra Goldbacher  written by

Produced by
Sarah Curtis .... producer
Sally Hibbin .... executive producer
Cathy Lord .... line producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Ed Shearmur  (as Edward Shearmur)
Cinematography by
Ashley Rowe (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Isabelle Lorente 
Casting by
Michelle Guish 
Production Design by
Sarah Greenwood 
Art Direction by
Philip Robinson 
Set Decoration by
Katie Spencer 
Costume Design by
Caroline Harris 
Makeup Department
Veronica McAleer .... chief hair stylist (as Veronica Brebner)
Veronica McAleer .... chief makeup designer (as Veronica Brebner)
Vicky Newman .... hair stylist
Vicky Newman .... makeup artist
Dulcie Spencer .... ft2 hair trainee
Dulcie Spencer .... ft2 makeup trainee
Production Management
Miranda Jones .... post-production supervisor
Cathy Lord .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charlie Hayward .... trainee assistant director
Peter Salmi .... second unit director
Jim Threapleton .... third assistant director
Beni Turkson .... second assistant director
Stephen Woolfenden .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dave Allen .... construction manager (as David Allen)
Lindsay Brunnock .... assistant art director
Max De Nett .... stand-by props
Charlie Elliot .... carpenter
Paul Emerson .... property master
David Engleman .... carpenter
John Fisher .... stagehand
Gerry Graham .... stand-by painter
Brian Green .... stand-by props
Rick Hamilton-Barret .... dressing props (as Rick Hamilton-Barritt)
Ian Howson .... stagehand
Lynne Huitson .... art department assistant
Simon Hutchings .... painter
Pete Lennox .... chargehand carpenter (as Peter Lennox)
Charlie Macher .... stand-by rigger
Andy Mortimer .... property storeman
Guy Rutter .... painter
Joe Sheehan .... stand-by carpenter
Lance Smith .... painter
Katie Spencer .... buyer
Tony Statham .... scenic artist
Jonathan Wells .... carpenter
David Williams .... carpenter
Sound Department
Tristan Aneca .... sound assistant: second unit (as Tristan Anica)
Martin Beresford .... sound maintenance: second unit
Mick Boggis .... dubbing mixer
Michael Feinberg .... adr editor (as Mike Feinberg)
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Diane Greaves .... foley artist (as Dianne Greaves)
John Griffith .... foley editor
Danny Hambrook .... sound recordist
Stewart Henderson .... dialogue editor
Gerard Loret .... assistant sound editor
Clive Pendry .... dubbing mixer
Jupiter Sen .... supervising sound editor
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Ted Swanscott .... foley mixer
Special Effects by
Chris Reynolds .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Tom Sparks .... digital dream and photo sequences
Martin Body .... rostrum/optical cameraman (uncredited)
Nick Powell .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Anthony .... electrician
Steven Cassidy .... focus puller: second unit (as Steve Cassidy)
Ian Clark .... focus puller
Oliver Curtis .... director of photography: second unit
Liam Daniel .... still photographer
Richie Donnelly .... clapper loader
John Donoghue .... gaffer
Roy Elston .... rigger
Abbie Ewing .... electrician (as Abbie Ewen)
Matt Gray .... second camera operator
Jiyan Gulhati .... assistant camera trainee: FT2
Darren Harvey .... best boy
Kevin Higgins .... grip
David Hiscock .... still photographer: period photographs
Pat Kreen .... rigger
Greg Press .... stand-by rigger
Alastair Rae .... Steadicam operator
Steven Spud Slater .... rigger (as Stephen Slater)
Dermot Smyth .... second grip (as Dermot Smythe)
Jason Wall .... electrician
Jon Webb .... focus puller (as John Webb)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emily Bradbury .... wardrobe assistant
Katrina Frith .... wardrobe assistant
Hilary Guthrie .... wardrobe mistress
Marco Scotti .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Paul Ensby .... color timer
Lalit Goyal .... second assistant editor
Lucy Smith .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Nick Fulton .... location manager: London
Joe Gibbs .... location manager: Scotland
Caroline Mccarthy .... location assistant: London
Music Department
Pavlo Beznosiuk .... musician: rebec, fiddle and drone fiddle
Andy Brown .... music contractor
Jérémy Davis .... incidental music advisor
Mark Levey .... musician: viola da gamba (as Mark Levy)
Alan Martin .... musician: shofor
Stephen McLaughlin .... music mixer (as Stephen Mclaughlin)
Stephen McLaughlin .... music recordist (as Stephen Mclaughlin)
Philip Pickett .... musician: recorder
Hossam Ramzy .... musician: percussion
Lucy Skeaping .... musician: Sephardi party music
John Themis .... musician: lute
Gill Tingay .... musician: metal harp
Transportation Department
Jim Atkins .... unit driver
Micky Brown .... stand-by construction driver
Ian Chisholm .... unit driver
Georg Grohmann .... unit driver (as Georg Grohman)
Dermot Smyth .... driver: camera car (as Dermot Smythe)
Other crew
Debbie Brodie .... food specialist
Jim Funnell .... floor runner
Stephen Grosz .... lawyer: Parallax Pictures Ltd.
Jim Hajicosta .... production accountant
Debbie Hanney .... assistant: Sandra Goldbacher
Debbie Hanney .... stand-in: Minnie Driver
Stephanie Haruni .... researcher: Jewish studies
Tina Hoath .... chaperon
Andrew Jack .... dialogue coach
Remy Lamont .... production runner
Matt Lord .... floor runner
Ann Lynch .... production coordinator
Maggie Murray .... production assistant
Caroline O'Reilly .... script supervisor
Albert G. Ruben .... insurance
Rosy Sanders .... choreographer
Brian Shemmings .... health and safety consultant
Andy Stebbing .... production secretary
Richard Wood .... assistant accountant
Donald Bennett .... thanks
Stephen Cleary .... thanks
Lou Coulson .... thanks
Helen Dolan .... thanks
Charles Florde .... thanks
Frances Grannum .... thanks
Tony Grisoni .... thanks
Emma Ibbetson .... thanks
Peter James .... thanks
Alexander Knapp .... thanks
Peter Laurence .... thanks
Veronica Woodman .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for sexuality and nudity
115 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Continuity: When Mr. Cavendish takes the first photo of Miss Blackchurch, the camera is pointing toward the floor and not where Mr. Cavendish is looking.See more »
Mary Blackchurch:You ask a lot of questions.
Henry Cavendish:Then you ask me one. Anything you like.
Mary Blackchurch:Why are you really back from Oxford?
Henry Cavendish:I was found in an opium den in Spitalfield with a whore.
[both laugh]
Henry Cavendish:You don't believe me and you're not surprised.
Mary Blackchurch:No.
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful, haunting period piece, 8 June 1999
Author: doeadear from Palmdale, CA

I found this movie to be quite beautiful, and it opened a period of history seldom explored in films. It tells the tale of a Jewess in 19th Century London who must disguise herself as a gentile to obtain employment as a governess. Her joy for life and her searching mind attract her to her employer, who is trying to discover a way to "freeze" the photographic image. It is very much of its time. Minnie Driver is excellent, very sensual and convincing. Tom Wilkinson is incredibly strong and attractive. The dark colors and the general sense of gloom are very well depicted. I thought it was a marvelous film.

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