The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society. How’s that for a beguiling film title? Intrigue is at the core of this much-anticipated British adaptation, based on the bestselling novel by Marie Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
Last seen in Darkest Hour, Lily James is on fine form here as Juliet Ashton, a struggling author in post-War Britain. Juliet thinks she might have found inspiration when she travels to Guernsey and meets a book group formed during the island’s occupation by the Germans in World War II.
While the bookish bunch seem ordinary enough, there’s much more to this group than just the joint appreciation of a good read. As Juliet gets to know them, she slowly uncovers their incredible secret story. As well as unlocking Juliet’s writer’s block, the island offers great things for her romantic life too, as she grows close to local farmer Dawsey Adams (Game Of Thrones’ Michiel Huisman).
Having shot classic comedy Four Weddings And A Funeral and worked with some of Britain’s finest actors on Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, director Mike Newell has serious form in bringing his storytelling gifts to uniquely English stories. Here, he’s gathered more extraordinary talent for his supporting cast, with Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay and Katherine Parkinson all joining James and Huisman.
With its beautiful setting, twisty mystery and involving love story, this is supreme escapist cinema that will whisk you away into Juliet’s world. You’ll find that mouthful of a title isn’t the only thing to chew on in this charming film.
Get free tickets to see the film
Transport yourself to Guernsey for the evening with a free screening of The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society.
Join us on Thursday 12 April for a screening at the following venues: Vue Birmingham, Vue Edinburgh Omni, Vue Finchley Road, Vue Manchester Printworks and Vue Shepards Bush. Arrive at 6pm for a 6.30pm screening.
To get your tickets, click here and enter the code ASM6AV