The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - What You Need To Know
The hit drama with the year’s longest title arrives on DVD shelves next week and here is everything you need to know about it...
Who’s in it?
Lily James, who can currently be seen lighting up screens in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! leads the way, but there’s a stellar supporting cast too. Among them are Game Of Thrones man Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Katherine Parkinson, Matthew Goode, Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton.
And who’s behind the camera?
Mike Newell, veteran and much acclaimed British director, takes charge of this one. Newell’s CV as diverse as they come, with blockbusters Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time, small-time comedies like Four Weddings And A Funeral and Mona Lisa Smile and bloody dramas like Donnie Brasco all on his CV.
He works with Marley and Me writer Don Roos, The Family Stone's Thomas Bezucha and Becoming Jane's Kevin Hood, all of whom worked on the adaptation of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows' bestselling novel.
What’s the plot?
The film is set in 1946, just after the end of World War II, we follow James’s Juliet Ashton, a writer who is looking for inspiration for her next book.
One day, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams, a man from Guernsey, the two strike up a correspondence and he soon tells her about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club he is part of.
The correspondence continues with Dawsey sharing his experiences of Nazi-Occupied Guernsey and this gives Juliet an idea for a book. She goes to visit the island and vows to write about the society and its various cast of characters, but it turns out that the club’s story is rather more complicated than she imagined...
Does it deliver?
Given the book’s source material consists entirely of letters written between the two main characters, this wasn’t the easiest adaptation to transfer to the big screen, but it works very well. This is a tender, beautifully shot drama and is well worth your time.