Firelight (film) Beautiful but poor Swiss governess Elisabeth meets secretly in 1837 with an English landowner, Charles Godwin, to conceive a child in exchange for money. Seven years later, the two are drawn together again when Elisabeth joins Charles’ forlorn household, Selcombe Place in the Sussex countryside, as governess to Louisa. Sworn to secrecy, Elisabeth must now hide her passionate feelings for the man she loves, and the child she brought into the world. A Hollywood Pictures film. Released on a limited basis on September 4, 1998. Directed by William Nicholson. Stars Sophie Marceau (Elisabeth), Stephen Dillane (Charles Godwin), Dominique Belcourt (Louisa), Kevin Anderson (John Taylor), Lia Williams (Constance), Joss Ackland (Lord Clare). CinemaScope. 104 min. Firle Place in the south of England became Selcombe Place, and the surrounding farmlands and village church became primary locations for the film. Released on video in 1999.