Learning to Drive: Life lessons for the driving seat

Learning to Drive is a sweet and gentle relationship drama starring Ben Kingsley as an instructor – but it also takes in issues of prejudice and cultural difference.

Spanish director Isabel Coixet’s latest film is the story of two characters who form an unlikely bond. Sir Ben Kingsley is Darwan – a Sikh immigrant and political exile – who works as a taxi driver and driving instructor in New York; Patricia Clarkson is Wendy, a Manhattan literary critic recently dumped by her husband for a younger woman. She elects to take driving lessons and they provide a road map for life as Darwan dispenses advice to her.

Learning to Drive was inspired by a story in The New Yorker magazine, and in addition to examining the relationship between the two characters it also raises issues of racism and discrimination.

Tom Brook meets the film’s director and stars to find out more.

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