The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was the original title of this film, and the title of the book on which it is based. That’s been shortened to simply Guernsey for the film.
I read the book by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows several years ago and was blown away by how good it was. I hope the movie, directed by Mike Newell, will come close to that quality.
Here’s the synopsis: “A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.” As you can see from the trailer, there’s a love story thrown into the mix, too.
For us ignorant Americans, Guernsey is one of The Channel Islands, an archipelago in the English Channel off the French coast of Normandy. They include Jersey, the largest of the islands, and Guernsey, consisting of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and some smaller islands. The islands were the only British territory to be occupied by the Germans during World War II. The Germans built all kinds of fortifications on Guernsey and the other islands.
Many of the children were sent away to England during the war. The people who stayed were forced into all kinds of unpleasantness by the occupying German army.
Lily James stars as the reporter Juliet. Michiel Huisman plays Dawsey Adams, one of the islanders. Also featured in the film are Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode, Katherine Parkinson, Glen Powell, Tom Courtenay, and Penelope Wilton.
If you are in Australia, UK, or New Zealand you can see Guernsey in April 2018. The US release date hasn’t been announced yet.