A new feature film entitled "Calendar Girls", based on the antics of the Rylstone Womens' Institute, is due to start shooting in Yorkshire from Monday 24th June over a period of four weeks.
Filming is planned in the Yorkshire Dales village of Kettlewell for eight days starting from Tuesday 25th June, with several of the local buildings being used as sets for the film, including Kettlewell Village Store, Wilkinson's Garage, St. Mary's Church and Cam Lodge, as well as the streets outside the Village Hall and by the Kings Head Public House.
Harbour Pictures in collaboration with Buena Vista are producing the film, which is to star award-winning actresses Helen Mirren and Julie Walters as we reported back in April, and will be joined by the likes of Penelope Wilton (recently seen in Iris), Annette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave), Celia Imrie (Dinnerladies) and Geraldine James (Band of Gold) amongst others.
A donation has been agreed by the film producers and the Parish Council for the privilege of being able to film in the streets and private properties of Kettlewell, which will be distributed to benefit the community.
Since the launch of the now famous calendar in April 1999, around £500,000 has been raised for leukaemia research in the UK and US. It was the death of a friend of the Rylstone WI from lymphoma in July 1998 that bore the idea of the 'Alternative WI Calendar', which involved members posing nude whilst depicting various pastimes that the WI are famous for, including jam making, knitting, baking and flower arranging.