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The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society “A young writer living in war-torn
  London in 1946 is intrigued to discover
  that, during the wartime German
  occupation of the Channel Islands when
  unauthorised meetings were forbidden,
  a group of friends caught by occupying
  soldiers invented a book club named
  The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel
  Pie Society...”

SHORTLY AFTER WORLD WAR II in 1946, with London peppered with bombed-out buildings, young writer Juliet Ashton (Lily James) becomes engaged to wealthy American Mark Reynolds (Glen Powell: Everybody Wants Some; Hidden Figures).

Juliet is a successful writer who is great friends with her supportive agent, Sidney Stark (Matthew Goode: The Imitation Game; Downton Abbey) and her happiness seems complete as she looks forward to her forthcoming marriage.

“The Guernsey
Literary & Potato Peel Pie
Utterly fabulous! Delightful
and poignant...”
She is intrigued to receive a letter from a man in the Channel Islands called Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman), who belongs to the oddly-named The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society, who wants her to help him find a copy of Tales of Shakespeare by Charles Lamb. He found her name and address in a book she once owned.

Sensing a story behind the book club's name, she heads off to Guernsey alone to meet the members of the book club. It is a decision that will change her life in ways she had never thought possible.

She meets the enigmatic Dawsey and his enchanting adopted daughter Kit (Florence Keen); but Elizabeth McKenna (Jessica Brown Findlay: Victor Frankenstein; Downton Abbey), Kit's mother and the founder of the book club, is mysteriously "off-island" as nobody wants to talk of her tragedy.

It was Elizabeth who, faced with a spur-of-the-moment decision during the occupation when German soldiers discovered an apparently forbidden meeting taking place, came up with the idea of inventing a book club and was the inspiration for The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society.

Juliet discovers the secrets surrounding Elizabeth when she is befriended by the eccentric Isola Pribby (Katherine Parkinson: The IT Crowd; The Boat That Rocked).

The Channel Islands had such a hard time during the war with the Germans requisitioning food and livestock and dealing out unjust punishments that it became impossible for the starving and oppressed islanders to forgive anyone they saw as collaborators.

There was also a lingering suspicion of mainland Britain, whom they felt had forgotten them. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society covers these subjects sensitively and this utterly fabulous period romance is delightful and poignant.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society also features: Tom Courtenay (45 Years; Dr Zhivago) as Eben Ramsey; Penelope Wilton (The BFG; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as Amelia Maugery; Marek Oravec as German Officer; Jack Morris as German Soldier; Matthew Goode as Sidney Stark; Stephanie Schonfield as Audience Member; Clive Merison as Mr Gilbert; Bernice Stegers as Mrs Burns; Madeleine Domries as Elegant Wife; Alexa Povah as Sidney's Secretary; Kit Connor as Eli Ramsey; Bronagh Gallagher as Charlotte Stimple; Florence Keen as Kit; Gregory Mann as Young Eli; Tom Owens as Frank The Dairy Farmer; Nathaniel Chilton as Slave Worker Boy; and Amii Freeman as Jane Maugery.

Music is by Alexandra Harwood; Cinematography by Zac Nicholson; Costumes Designed by Charlotte Walter; Screenplay by Don Roos, Kevin Hood and Thomas Bezucha; Based on the Novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows; Producers are: Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin, Mitchell Kaplan and Paula Mazur; Directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).

Based on the best-selling novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, STUDIOCANAL is pleased to announce the beautifully moving The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society will be available on Digital Download from 20 August, 2018, and on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK from 27 August 2018. Certificate: 12 | Running Time: 123 Minutes Approximately | Extras — The History Behind The Film: The Occupation of Guernsey Story | Book to Screen | Cast & Crew Interviews with Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, director Mike Newell and writer Annie Barrows.

"Utterly fabulous! Delightful and poignant" **** — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

"Gorgeous… An irresistible romantic mystery" ****The Telegraph

"Witty… Classy and relentlessly charming" ****Sunday Express


****Evening Standard


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