Oscar nominees Julie Waltersand Laura Linney are to star alongside Harry Potter's Rupert Grint in Driving Lessons, writer Jeremy Brock's directorial debut.

The story is about a shyvicar's son (Grint) with an overprotective mother whose world changes when hemeets a retired actress. Brock loosely based the comedy-drama on his own life.

The film is produced byJulia Chasman and is the first title from her new production outfitRubberTreePlant.

Driving Lessons starts shooting next month in London and Edinburghwith $1,619,376 of National Lottery investment from the UK Film Council'sPremiere Fund and a pre-sale of UK TV rights to ITV.

ContentFilm International ishandling worldwide sales. Ed Pressman and Alessandro Camon are exec-producers.