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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Who says we're angry? We ALL wanted to be extras!



Headline from the Mail on Sunday


A movie set in the  German Occupation of Guernsey is  coming to our screens in April, leaving many  islanders angry that it was  filmed in Devon, according to  some of this weekend's newspapers.

The film version of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows, an international best-selling book when published in 2008, has been long awaited by readers and residents, starring Downtown Abbey actress Lily James.

Hitler's Occupation of Saunton Sands  said the Mail on Sunday headline adding: Islanders' anger as Lily James wartime drama moves Guernsey to Devon.

A street in Bideford became a Nazi-occupied area and a sequence featuring an American Dakota on a beach was shot on nearby Saunton Sands, as well as other Devon locations such as Hartland Abbey.

So, are the islanders really angry? As a Guernsey-born author  now living in England, I decided to ask.

I think angry is probably not the right word,' one told me. Many people are disappointed that the film wasn't shot here as it would have been great publicity.'

And this same feeling was voiced by many others. 'We're glad that the Occupation is getting so much attention,' said another 'but it's a shame no-one will get to see what it's really like here.'


Here is a selection of the replies.

'Some disappointment as we all wanted to be extras!'

'Guernsey is unique.  'This really is a missed opportunity.'

'Film buffs will visit the locations where it was filmed rather than visit Guernsey.'

'They could at least have used old footage as well as modern footage at the end of the film. Maybe they will. Fingers crossed.'



From The Times Newspaper



Of more than 30 islanders who responded  some made negative comments such as 'Won't watch it now - would have done if it was filmed in Guernsey' and 'I think they have missed a golden opportunity. I'm sure it would have boosted the tourist industry which I believe is struggling at the moment.'

The official reason for not filming on the island is that too much has changed there since the Second World War.  But  help is at hand.

 I hear that Guernsey Tourist Board are staging a Movie Walk round the island between April 6 and April 20 showing the locations mentioned in the book.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Movie Walk

Guernsey Information Centre
6 Apr 2018 / 13 Apr 2018 / 20 Apr 2018 / 27 Apr 2018



Read the latest on this story here in the Guernsey Press

9 comments:

Lindsay said...

Looking forward to seeing this film. I can quite understand that locals were disappointed that it's not all being filmed in Guernsey. (Even though Saunton Sands are a great location.)

Guernsey Girl said...

I agree, Lindsay. I just hope that the film gives a boost to tourism that the island deserves.

WILLIE........! =^..^= said...

How often do we see this...films made from 'classic'
books, filmed elsewhere, and many times somewhere
abroad...! I generally stick to documentaries on
BBC4....they will give a complete story and history
of the issue involved!
Devon is the next county down from me..and..very nice
it is to...But, if your going to make movie, of the
German Occupation of Guernsey...Then Guernsey is the
place it should be made..!

But, l have made a note of the Guernsey 'Movie Walk' and
will certainly make a point of watching it...!

Guernsey Girl said...

Thanks, Willie - I do hope they show panoramic views of the REAL Guernsey....

Nikki-ann said...

Having seen the advert for the film, I quite fancy seeing it.

Guernsey Girl said...

It's available any time soon, Nikki-ann. Do let me know what you think. x

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