Tuesday, 12 April, 1:30pm
If you’re looking for a charming way to spend a few hours; look no further.
…is one of the smartest, funniest and most surprising movies I’ve seen in years.
Joel Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Anchored by a superb Gemma Arterton, Their Finest is a funny, winning, beautifully acted ode to working women and cinema.
Ian Freer, Empire
The year is 1940, London. With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use “a woman’s touch,” the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin’s natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colourful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.
You would need a heart of stone not to enjoy this sweet-natured and eminently lovable British film – a 1940s adventure, with moments of brashness and poignancy. It’s all about the love that flowers in the ruins of blitz-hit London and in the dusty offices of the Ministry of Information’s film unit as various high-minded creative types use the magic of cinema to keep the nation’s pecker up.
UK 2017, 112 min, rated M (sex scenes & offensive language)
Directed by Lone Scherfig
Based on the novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans
Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafln, Bill Nighy, Richard E. Grant, Helen McCrory & Jake Lacy