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    Reader comments on Calendar Girls

    Subject: Re: The WIM - a reply to a reply
    Date: May 28, 2004
    Sender: sylviePrevious | Next

    Crikey Paul!

    You're having me on! Not even a Tesco's anywhere? No new buildings? I'm having a hard time believing you but it sounds like magic. The postman being the real postman is priceless. I like that. Some of the film-story made me wonder about the original people in the real-story. I hope things were changed a lot. In any case, it was very sweetly done (as well as done very well).


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    Re: The Women's Institute Movie - a reply

    Sylvie - no, those views are real and for a piece of 'faction' they kept the spirit of the Dales: even down to the real local postman being used (remember the scene where the camera crews surround him as he is delivering the post?). The real villages are Rylstone and Cracoe, which are beautiful but did not have the setting needed for the film, so another further down the Dale was used.

    It was refreshing to see a part of Britain depicted with such care, avoiding the cliches. This can also be said of how the writers took a real life event and strayed to make it interesting to more than just the locals, but not too far to lose its essence - that is, a group of women who thought up something so contra to the image of the WI, gave everyone a smile and raised (and are still raising) a huge amount for charity. Perhaps it pricked some conciences around the world too. For example, in the USA in spite of its wealth, the amount given to charity per head of population is miniscule in comparison to what the average Briton or German gives. However, following the publicity, money is alleged to have increased to Leukemia foundations.

    So, a film that was not self-indulgent, depicted beauty (both landscape and people) and has helped others. Not bad for an industry based on materialism and the cult of the personality!






    Comment index:

  • The Women's Institute Movie   from Sylvie, Feb 10, 2004
  • Re: The Women's Institute Movie - a reply   from Paul from Cracoe/Rylstone, Apr 7, 2004
  • » Re: The WIM - a reply to a reply «   from sylvie, May 28, 2004
  • [no subject]   from , Feb 14, 2004
  • safe 4 da dor stop   from acces denid, Jul 26, 2004
  • calendar   from shirley bennett, Dec 20, 2004
  • Re: calendar   from CHARLES JOHNSON, Jul 19, 2005
  • cancer raising   from Irene van der Wal, Dec 25, 2010
  • The Women's Institute Movie   from Sylvie, Feb 10, 2004
  • Re: The Women's Institute Movie - a reply   from Paul from Cracoe/Rylstone, Apr 7, 2004
  • » Re: The WIM - a reply to a reply «   from sylvie, May 28, 2004
  • [no subject]   from , Feb 14, 2004
  • safe 4 da dor stop   from acces denid, Jul 26, 2004
  • calendar   from shirley bennett, Dec 20, 2004
  • Re: calendar   from CHARLES JOHNSON, Jul 19, 2005
  • cancer raising   from Irene van der Wal, Dec 25, 2010