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.

  • Written by

    Flora Nicolson & Sophie Heldman

  • Directed by

    Sophie Heldman

  • Produced by

    Bettina Brokemper

    Paul Welsh

    Karin Koch

  • Co-producers

    Heimatfilm (Cologne)

    Edge City Films (Glasgow)

    DVFilm Productions (Zurich)

  • Financed by

    MEDIA Creative Europe

    Zurich Film Institute

    Screen Scotland

  • Based on Lillian Faderman's "Scotch Verdict: The Real-Life Story That Inspired "The Children's Hour" ... (Columbia University Press)