August 13, 2018
Masterpiece: The Miniaturist will be released on digital Sept. 10 and DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 18 from PBS Distribution.
Set in Golden Age Amsterdam in 1686, this adaptation of Jessie Burton’s bestselling novel stars Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch), Romola Garai (Churchill’s Secret, The Hour) and Alex Hassell (Suburbicon, Anonymous). The story follows Nella (Taylor-Joy), a naive 18-year-old from a bankrupt aristocratic family in the provinces who is wooed by Johannes Brandt (Hassell), a handsome and prosperous merchant looking for a wife. Once wed, Nella lives in Johannes’ mansion, mostly without him, kept in the care of his grim and overbearing sister, Marin (Garai), and the household’s two controlling servants. As a wedding gift, Johannes gives Nella an exquisitely crafted cutaway model of the very house she is living in. He instructs her to furnish it to her liking and gives her the address to the miniaturist who creates the tiny objects. She and the miniaturist only communicate by letter and upon her first order, she receives more objects than she requests. Without direction from Nella, the miniaturist keeps sending new creations including dolls replicating Johannes, Marin and the servants, with details that hint at closely held secrets.