Few writers cast such a seductive spell as Daphne Du Maurier. The late author was renowned for her lavishly Gothic, often nightmarish visions of repression and romance, celebrated works like Rebecca and The Birds adapted for the big screen courtesy of Alfred Hitchcock. Meanwhile her short story Don't Look Now was memorably expanded into a hallucinatory tale of grief by director Nicolas Roeg.
This June one of Du Maurier's lesser-known offerings, My Cousin Rachel, comes to the screen courtesy of Notting Hill and Enduring Love director Roger Michell. In typical Du Maurier fashion it uncovers more than a few skeletons in the closet as a young Cornish landowner becomes infatuated with his enigmatic cousin, whom he suspects of having murdered his guardian.
Starring Sam Claflin and Rachel Weisz the movie promises to cast a mysterious spell in the manner of the novel. But what is it about Du Maurier's writing that continues to prove so alluring? Find out in this behind the scenes look at the movie.
My Cousin Rachel is released on 9th June.