Miss Pirie and Miss Woods
When two governesses embark on their dream of opening a school for girls on the edge of Scotland’s capital, their chance of an independent life is threatened by the arrival of an Indian-British orphan, Jane Cumming, and her aristocratic grandmother, Lady Cumming Gordon.
As the pressures of class, race and deeply suppressed emotion build at Drumsheugh, a series of tragically avoidable events lead to the telling of one irreversible lie. At a time of great social conformity – accused of lesbianism – the resulting scandal leaves the teachers fighting for their lives.
Flora Nicolson & Sophie Heldman
Edge City Films (Glasgow)
DVFilm Productions (Zurich)
MEDIA Creative Europe
Zurich Film Institute
Based on Lillian Faderman's "Scotch Verdict: The Real-Life Story That Inspired "The Children's Hour" ... (Columbia University Press)