The Chaperone (2018 film)

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The Chaperone
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Engler
Written byJulian Fellowes
Produced by
CinematographyNick Remy Matthews
Edited bySofía Subercaseaux
Music byMarcelo Zarvos
Distributed byPBS Distribution
Release dates
  • September 23, 2018 (2018-09-23) (LAFF)
  • March 29, 2019 (2019-03-29) (United States)
Running time
103 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.5 million[2]

The Chaperone is a 2018 period drama film, directed by Michael Engler, with a screenplay by Julian Fellowes, from the novel by Laura Moriarty. It stars Elizabeth McGovern, Haley Lu Richardson, Miranda Otto, Blythe Danner, Campbell Scott, Géza Röhrig and Victoria Hill.

It had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on September 23, 2018. It was released on March 29, 2019, by PBS Distribution.


The story centers on Norma Carlisle, a middle-aged woman who chaperones the teenage Louise Brooks, who ventures to New York City to study dance at the Denishawn school.



In February 2013, it was announced Elizabeth McGovern would star in the film, with Simon Curtis directing from a screenplay by Julian Fellowes, based upon the novel by Laura Moriarty, with McGovern, Curtis, Eli Selden, and Adam Shulman producing under their Anonymous Content banner. Fox Searchlight Pictures would distribute the film.[3] In May 2017, it was announced Michael Engler would direct the film, instead of Curtis, who remained as executive producer on the film. Masterpiece, Altus Media, and Rose Pictures produced the film, with PBS Distribution distributing it. The film received a theatrical release prior to airing on PBS.[4][5] Victoria Hill, Greg Clark, Luca Scalisi, Rose Ganguzza, Kelly Carmichael and Gary Hamilton also served as producers on the film.[6]


Principal photography began in August 2017.[7]


The film had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on September 23, 2018.[8] It was released on March 29, 2019.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

The Chaperone holds a 47% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 58 reviews, with an average of 5.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Chaperone is inspired by a potentially interesting real-life story, but loses its sharpest and timeliest angles in the telling."[10] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 48 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11]


  1. ^ "The Chaperone". Los Angeles Film Festival. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Chaperone". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  3. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (February 1, 2013). "Fox Searchlight Sets Simon Curtis-Directed 'The Chaperone' With 'Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (16 May 2017). "'Downton Abbey' Writer Julian Fellowes & Elizabeth McGovern Reunite For 'The Chaperone' – Cannes". Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Elizabeth McGovern Returns to MASTERPIECE in The Chaperone". Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (August 1, 2017). "Haley Lu Richardson Joins Elizabeth McGovern's PBS Movie 'The Chaperone'". Variety. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Production begins on 'The Chaperone' with Elizabeth McGovern". Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  8. ^ Day-Ramos, Dino (August 15, 2018). "Music Documentary 'Echo In The Canyon' Set As LA Film Festival Opener". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  9. ^ Hasty, Katie (December 30, 2018). "Here's every 2019 movie release date so far". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "The Chaperone (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  11. ^ "The Chaperone". Metacritic. Retrieved July 28, 2019.

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