We’ve never tried a Potato Peel Pie, and to be honest, we don’t really want to either. Turns out neither has Mike Newell, the director of The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. Who can blame him?

We sat down with the director, who once brought us Four Weddings and a Funeral, to discuss the project, and his passions; what sort of societies he would be inclined to join? We also discuss what it means to filmmakers to have their productions shown on Netflix (where this is being released in the States) – accessible, yes, but depriving audiences of that big screen experience.

For British audiences though this will be in cinemas as of April 20th – and it’s worth going to see for Lily James along. Newell sung her praises, and tells us what changed about the character and film, when Kate Winslet and Rosamund Pike dropped out and left the lead role in the hands of an actress ten years younger.

Watch the full interview below…


In 1946 a London-based writer begins exchanging letters with residents on the island of Guernsey, which was German-occupied during WWII. Feeling compelled to visit the island, she starts to get a picture of what it was like during the occupation.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society is released on April 20th.