Calendar Girls (film) A group of ladies attend dull weekly meetings at the Women’s Institute branch in Knapely, Yorkshire, but two regulars, Chris Harper and Annie Clark, feel the institute needs a shakeup. Their plan is for the group of mature women to pose nude for a calendar to raise money for a local hospital. As a result, they become international celebrities. A Touchstone Picture in association with Harbour Pictures for Buena Vista International. Limited U.S. release on December 19, 2003, after a world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival on August 9 and a September 5 release in the U.K. Expanded release on January 1, 2004. Directed by Nigel Cole. Stars Helen Mirren (Chris Harper), Julie Walters (Annie Clark), John Alderton (John Clark), Linda Bassett (Cora), Annette Crosbie (Jessie), Philip Glenister (Lawrence), Ciaran Hinds (Rod), Celia Imrie (Celia), Geraldine James (Marie), Penelope Wilton (Ruth). 108 min. Filmed in Super 35-Scope on location in Yorkshire (with the village of Kettlewell standing in for the fictional Knapely) and London. Released on video in 2004.