Chris and Annie are the best of friends – very different, but very close. Living in a small village in the Yorkshire Dales, their peaceful lives are shattered when Annie’s husband dies of leukaemia. An active member of the local Women’s Institute, Chris enlists the support of her fellow members in a fund-raising initiative for the local hospital. Her seemingly traditional idea is to produce a calendar, with a different woman photographed for each month. Each one will be engaged in a classic WI task, such as jam making, flower pressing and knitting.
Sounds traditional enough, but her idea has a radical twist – the women will be in the nude. Before they know it, the women are hitting the headlines at home and abroad. Whisked off to Hollywood on a whirlwind publicity tour, they take their turn on the talk shows and in magazine photo-shoots. Amidst the hype and glamour, the friendship between Chris and Annie is put to the test.
BRIT HIT SHOWS NAKED TALENT
Sunday Express – Henry Fitzherbert
18th May 2003
“All you need for a hit movie, said Hollywood mogul Robert Evans, is to make the audience laugh and cry. On that basis, Calendar Girls should be a huge smash. Not only did I laugh and cry, I did so at the same time.”
“The film, based on the true story of the Women’s Institute strippers, works brilliantly on the big screen. It’s funny, touching and full of memorable moments.”
Evening Standard – Alexander Walker
16th May 2003
The female Full Monty tipped to make a fortune
“The Cannes Film Festival is about the last place you’d think to bring a film about women stripping off. There is plenty of that going on every day in the sun on the beaches. But a film called Calendar Girls, shown to tremendous market-place enthusiasm and tipped to make a fortune when it opens in Britain at the end of the summer isn’t your ordinary strippers’ tease.”
“The blunt Yorkshire vowels and the bare but beautiful Yorkshire Dales give the film an air of native integrity that British films have lacked ever since Monty’s crowd got it off.”
“How welcome to find a comedy that hits all the right notes so shrewdly and has a cast that unselfishly act as ensemble midwives to the homely humour, shed their clothes but keep their dignity – and all without ever having to straddle the saddle of a Harley-Davidson.”