This is a wonderful, enjoyable film based on fact which I am sure all will enjoy. And it has the bonus of the beautiful scenery of Wharfedale, including shots of Kettlewell, Buckden and Kilnsey Crag.
It is the almost unbelievable story of a simple decision to produce a calendar in memory of Angela's husband John Baker, w the Assistant National Park Warden who, unfortunately, died at what,these days, is a young age from leukaemia. The calendar was intended to be just for local interest but as we all now know became a best seller here and in the USA with
profits going to leukaemia research.
Although there is the sadness of John's death the film is by no means without humour from summoning up the initial courage to strip for the calendar to their experiences in America.
The film has particular memories for me because I was priviledged to know John from him being about 14 years of age. When we moved into our previous house John and his parents lived opposite to us and John used to deliver our copy of the local evening newspaper. We saw him grow up, go to university, get married to Angela and, in due course, bring his children to visit his parents.
The stars play these sensitive parts wonderfully and believably. And, if you look carefully, you will see some of the original calendar girls in two or three of the crowd scenes.
DVD buyers will have the additional treat of seeing interviews with some of the original 'girls', including Angela, in their own homes. Their efforts have now raised more than £1,000,000 for LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH.
Many other charities have gained by the 'copy cats' who, seeing the success of the Rylstone WI calendar, have also stripped off too produce calendars.
I am sure you will enjoy this film. It is one which you can watch more than once.