As my husband has returned to Greece to work on our yacht Fandancer to make it shipshape before I get there in three weeks’ time, I’ve now got some time to myself. Today I decided to go to the little cinema in my town of Ryde which is just a short distance up the road from where I live. It’s a very old fashioned type of cinema, not one of these huge big-screen multiplex cinemas, it has three small screens and doubles up as a bingo hall on some days. The tickets are really cheap, less than a third of the price of going to a modern multiplex cinema. They still get all the big films, and although the ambience, screen size and sound quality may not be as good as the multiplex, it is well worth the money, and they even sell popcorn!
Today I went to see the fabulously titled “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”, directed by the acclaimed British director Mike Newell, who has previously directed Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, plus many other well-known films.
In a nutshell, the story is based in 1946, where a journalist played by Lily James (Downton Abbey, War and Peace, Cinderella, The Darkest Hour) is contacted by a book society through a series of letters. The society used to meet in secret in Guernsey under the Nazi regime who occupied the island in World War 2. She visits the island, meets the book society members, and discovers what their lives were like and the secrets they shared. There is also a love triangle, involving her American fiancé in London, and one of the society’s members, played by Michiel Huisman, who was in Game of Thrones.
What is Potato Peel Pie I hear you ask. With many food shortages during the war, people had to be inventive with what was available. They had to use scraps of food that would normally be thrown away, hence this pie! Modern recipes are available, but they are now much more luxurious and with more ingredients than the original.
What was the last film you saw?