Sandra Goldbacher

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Sandra Goldbacher
Born Sandra A Goldbacher
Hampstead Garden Suburb
London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Citizenship British
Education Sussex University
Middlesex University
Occupation Film screenwriter
Film director
Known for The Governess
Me Without You
Spouse(s) Peter Salmi
Children 1

Sandra Goldbacher (born in 1960)[1] is a British film director and screenwriter.[2]

Early life[edit]

Goldbacher grew up in Hampstead Garden Suburb in the London Borough of Barnet,[1][3] the daughter of a Jewish father, a fruit importer, and a Protestant mother, who was a native of the Isle of Skye.[4] Her mother converted to Judaism when Goldbacher was a year old. Goldbacher grew up as a Reform Jew,[3] she said she encountered some anti-semitism growing up.[5]

Goldbacher graduated from Sussex University as a French Literature major, and then did a year-long course at Middlesex University, studying film and video.[3]


Goldbacher got her start directing commercials for The Observer, Philips, Evian, Wella, Johnny Walker and Baileys. She also directed documentaries for the BBC series Building Sights, and two documentaries on boxing for Channel Four.


Goldbacher's first feature film, The Governess,[6] starring Minnie Driver,[7][8] which she also wrote, was nominated for a BAFTA award in 1999 for best newcomer.[5]

In 2001, Goldbacher released her second film, Me Without You,[9] which starred Anna Friel and Michelle Williams.[10] The movie had been in development before The Governess, but funding came earlier for the other film. Me Without You explores the "over-intense" relationship between two teenage girls.[11] The film was loosely based upon a childhood friendship she had when she was younger.[11] Both films feature Jewish characters and themes.[12][13]

In 2007, Goldbacher directed the television film Ballet Shoes for BBC One, which starred Emma Watson; in 2012, she directed two episodes of the second season of The Hour, starring Dominic West.

Personal life[edit]

Goldbacher married writer/producer Peter Salmi in 1999,[14] they have a son.


TV and shorts[edit]

  • 2018 Ordeal by Innocence - director[15]
  • 2012: The Hour - director (episodes: Episode #2.1, Episode #2.2)
  • 1995: Piccadilly Circus by Night - director
  • 1994: Seventeen (TV short) - director (won: Silver Plaque at the Chicago Film Festival)
  • 1983: Polka Dots and Moonbeams; Night of 1000 Eyes - co-director


  • 2007: Ballet Shoes - director
  • 2001: Me Without You - director, screenplay
  • 1999: The Devil's Chimney - director
  • 1998: The Governess - director, written by (nominated for a BAFTA, best newcomer; won: Hitchcock Award at the Dinard British Film Festival, Audience Award and Special debut Prize at the Karlovyvary International Film Festival, and Kodak Vision Award)

Works or publications[edit]

Academic journals[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sandra A Goldbacher - England and Wales, Birth Registration Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sandra Goldbacher". British Council - Film. 6 April 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "TCM Database: Sandra Goldbacher". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Rosen, Steven (9 August 1998). "Unusual subjects a cohesive whole in "Governess"". Denver Post. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Blackwelder, Rob (23 July 1998). "'Governess' director aims for a new kind of Victorian drama". SPLICEDwire. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Holden, Stephen (31 July 1998). "Film Review; Capturing Images and Passion in a Turbulent World". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Winters, Laura (2 August 1998). "Film; When the Character Calls, Minnie Driver Listens". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Lane, Harriet (3 August 1997). "Minnie the minx: She used to be an English public school mouse; now she's a Hollywood babe". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Greenberg, James (23 June 2002). "Growing Up Fast, on Screen and Off". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Holden, Stephen (5 July 2002). "Best Friends Who Are Also Worst Enemies". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Goldbacher, Sandra (22 November 2001). "Best of friends: Sandra Goldbacher on the intense teenage bonds that inspired her new film". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "The Greatest Ever Jewish Films - Governess is Antidote to Current Crop of Jewish TV Shows". Jewish Telegraph. 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (4 July 2002). "Within and 'Without': An intense friendship between two young women drives Sandra Goldbacher's new film". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Sandra A Goldbacher - mentioned in the record of Salmi and Sandra A Goldbacher". FamilySearch. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  15. ^ Billen, Andrew (31 March 2018). "Ordeal by Innocence: the Christie Mystery that almost got away". The Times (72497). Saturday Review. pp. 4–5. ISSN 0140-0460.