Guernsey film ‘offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the island’

HAVING Guernsey included in the title of a film with high-profile lead actors is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for the island to promote what is on offer here, a leading hotelier has said.


Filming for the movie adaptation of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society book started in March and has included scenes filmed shot in London and Oxfordshire.

Old Government House Hotel & Spa general manager Andrew Chantrell thinks there are ‘almost unending possibilities’ to promote Guernsey in linking it with the film.

‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the island,’ he said.

Lily James, best known for her role in Downton Abbey and as Cinderella, is playing the lead role of Juliet Ashton in the film. The male lead, Guernsey pig farmer Dawsey Adams, is played by Michiel Huisman, of Game of Thrones fame.

The film is an adaptation of the best-selling book about post-Occupation Guernsey, but no scenes are set to be filmed in the island.

Mr Chantrell said this film was a ‘fantastic opportunity’ for the island, not only for hospitality but for general awareness, particularly with having Guernsey in the title.

‘That in itself helps us to raise the profile.’

Comments for: "Guernsey film ‘offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the island’"


Will be a bit of a shame when visitors ask people for directions to some of the landmarks from the film though.


Well, the book, and thus the film, is pure fiction and bears no resemblance to real-life Guernsey present or past.

But if the film is a hot, it will generate considerable interest for the island and could be well exploited.

Common sense

I love the optimism of the hotelier but in the age of the information highway when prospective visitors go online all the negative headlines about Condor, flights stopped because of fog etc will stand out; combine this with the limited attractions on offer they will think again once they see the price of travel.


Correct. Isn't it usually the same people who say 'high flying' business people 'can't afford our fares' who are now saying casual movie-goers will flock here to see non-existent landmarks? If ever we see an interesting location on film or TV we always google it. Usually to find out that the 'East End of London' was actually shot in Liverpool or, in this case, 'Guernsey' is actually Devon or wherever. I can imagine people spending more in the West Country, but zilch in Guernsey. The film is 10 years too late anyway, when the book was 'big' lots of people I met asked about it. No interest in it for years.


Would it have killed the States to offer the production company some incentive to film at least one or two key scenes here? I'm sure for practical reasons most of it will be shot either on a set or on location in Cornwall or wherever, but to have a couple of shots that tourism could screen shot and use for advertising would have been invaluable.

Now we have a film based on a book that bears little resemblance to the island, shot in the UK, and anyone interested in seeing the original inspiration for it will likely be put off by Condor reviews and hotel prices.

This film has been in the works for years. What a missed opportunity.