Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while will recall an early post of when I met with Hubert Zawadzki, co-author of a Cambridge Concise History of Poland (blog 8 Nov 2011). Hubert mentioned that his daughter Alice – primarily a jazz singer, though I suspect that may now change – had appeared in a movie, and now we begin to see publicity for it. This seems an exciting project: the entire Oxfordshire village of Kingston Bagpuize where the film is set pulled together to self-produce it. It has been compared to the likes of Calendar Girls and Local Hero. From the excerpt on the website, the picture appears to have an ironic, English sense of humour, and to be very funny. A bucolic Four Weddings, perhaps? I won’t know til I see it, which I’m really looking forward to doing (in cinemas 13 July). And this is what’s particularly impressive about this production: the team behind it secured funding, a red carpet premiere in Leicester Square a month ago, an appearance at the Cannes film festival, and now a presumably nationwide cinema release. Not bad initiative! We wish them every success, especially as profits will be ploughed back into the village. From my point of view, I’ll be interested to see if there’s any exploration of Polish culture a la Polska Dotty - maybe a gentle and amusing take on cultural differences? Plenty of hints of this in the trailer. Anyway, do go and see it, as I shall!