Following a request from VisitGuernsey to the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce asking businesses to get behind the release of the film of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Swoffers has produced a short film to promote the island.
Swoffers is used to spreading the message that Guernsey is a wonderful location with a rich history, so the team commissioned Spike Productions to create a film to show off the real locations found in the book.
The short film features an interview with Annie Barrows, who co-authored the best-selling book with her aunt Mary Ann Shaffer, extracts from the text and actual footage and headlines from the Occupation and Liberation.
Speaking from her home in California’s Bay Area, Annie Barrows speaks about the appeal of Guernsey’s wartime history: “[Co-author Mary Ann Shaffer] cared about people who were humane in inhumane circumstances and people who led with their hearts when it was not to their benefit, people who put themselves in peril because of their principles, and the story of Guernsey’s Occupation has all of those elements… The behaviour of the people of Guernsey during the Occupation provides a different kind of example, an example of disagreeing yet coming to a balance, perhaps, that we can all use.”
Andre Austin, Director of Swoffers, said: “The Chamber of Commerce has been integral in bringing together like minded people and businesses who are keen to make the most of any opportunity we have to put Guernsey on the map. Our island appearing in a film that will reach an international audience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we should really capitalise upon. We were really excited to play a part in promoting both the film of this much-loved book and our beautiful island.”