"highlights the power of love, and how no matter what it will always defeat evil"
Directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral). The film’s producers include Blueprint, fresh off the back of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, starring Lily James and Michiel Huisman, and co-starring other “Downton Abbey” actors, Matthew Goode and Jessica Brown Findlay. Katherine Parkinson (“The Boat That Rocked”), Tom Courtenay (“Doctor Zhivago”), and Penelope Wilton.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is an adaptation of a novel by the same name, published on 2008. Its American author, Mary Ann Shaffer had planned to write a biography on Kathleen Scott, the wife of the polar explorer, Robert Falcon Scott but was discouraged away from the project. She, therefore, decided to spend some time visiting Guernsey, however, when she arrived there, the fog was all encompassing, and she ended up passing the time in the airport’s bookstore, where she came across material on the German occupation of the Channel Islands.
However, it would not be a further twenty years until she began writing a novel on it, and when the manuscript was complete in 2006, the editor requested that some substantial changes be made but as Shaffer's health had seriously deteriorated at this point, the daughter of her sister Cynthia, Annie Barrows was asked to fulfil the task, who, as a result received a co-author credit.
The film acknowledges some of the murkiest moments in the Nazi occupation of the Channel islands throughout the Second World War. Half of the residents were removed for reasons of safety, while those who remained would have their homes vigorously searched by German officers, as they looked to identify hidden radios and other contraband items. In 1944 rations being short, the Germans contacted the International Red Cross.
Lily James (“Downton Abbey,” “War and Peace”).takes on the role of free spirited author, Juliet Ashton, who ends up going to Guernsey, where she establishes from the islanders of the subtle resistance they put up against the Nazis. The bonds she makes with members of a secret book club called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, lead her to write a book about them. Their club was created during the occupation in the midst of World War II.
The film’s title has you thinking about the different kinds of recipes the islanders would make up with leftovers, for example, potato cake and potato sponge, very much restricted after supplies to the island were put a stop to.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society highlights the power of love, and how no matter what it will always defeat evil.
Netflix will take the film to The U.S. and other territories.