When the Whales Came
Friday, 20th October 1989
In October 1989 Michael's novel Why the Whales Came was adapted into the film When the Whales Came.
A star cast, including Paul Scofield, David Threlfall and Helen Mirren, was shipped to Bryher, one of the Isles of Scilly, to record the film.
'It is a spring the older inhabitants of Bryher have never forgotten. For ten unseasonably cold weeks, the island was overrun with caterers, cameramen and make-up artists , not to mention troublesome fibreglass whales that had to be weighted down with rocks before they would swim beneath the surface of the sea.' (From War Child to War Horse)
When the Whales Came is also available here!