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Can Hollywood come to Guernsey?
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society book cover
The book tells the story of life in Guernsey at the time of the Occupation

In 2009 the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society became a best seller on international book charts and soon Hollywood took notice.

By July 2010 film producer Paula Mazur said the script had been finished and was in the hands on studio Fox 2000.

She added: "We'd love to film in Guernsey... I'm not sure we're going to get to."

Commerce and Employment echoed Paula's sentiments saying they would like to see the film made in Guernsey.

Jason Moriarty, the trade and media relations manager for Commerce and Employment, said: "It's good news, we will be contacting the producer to clarify the facts... we would do everything we can to ensure Guernsey is used in the film."

Paula Mazur
Paula has been producing films for more than 20 years

He explained though that the production taking place in Guernsey will rely on the the economics and logistics of the film.

The Isle of Man has, since 1995, been actively encouraging film production but Jason explained this would be harder for Guernsey to achieve as the island is smaller and therefore does not have the open space or, potentially, the hotel space, to accommodate a full scale Hollywood production.

He also said that Guernsey can not offer the same financial incentives that the Isle of Man does, though he added: "Guernsey does medium to small scale projects really well as well as aspects of larger scale productions."

Paula Mazur said they hope to begin filming the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society in spring or summer 2011. While they have not yet begun casting she said some names were being "bandied about" by the studio and production team including Kate Winslett, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt.

Though they would like to make the film in Guernsey she pointed out: "It's all a matter of economics and what looks right, but I can't imagine not filming in Guernsey."



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