Gemma Arterton is luminous in this witty drama about a female copywriter during WWII.
Dir Lone Scherfig
With Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Richard E Grant
A Lionsgate release
Their Finest, a real crowd pleaser at last year’s London Film Festival, is set in the world of WWII propaganda filmmaking. Gemma Arterton plays Catrin Cole, a young Welsh copywriter, who lands a job as a script editor with the Ministry of Information, hired to provide a ‘woman’s touch’ to propaganda films being made during the Blitz. Thrown into the colourful and surprisingly active world of filmmaking in London in the 1940s, her confidence grows and new interests and desires soon ignite. Debut screenwriter Gaby Chiappe’s adaptation of Lissa Evans’ novel Their Finest Hour and a Half is an intoxicating blend of social drama and shrewd wit, alert to the poignancy and irony of the way that new opportunities became available to women during wartime.
Clare Stewart, Head of Festivals
There is a special presentation of Their Finest + Q&A with actors Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy, producers Amanda Posey and Stephen Woolley and writers Gaby Chiappe and Lissa Evans on Wednesday 12 April 19:00.
There will be a Seniors’ matinee + intro of Their Finest on Friday 21 April 14:00.
Audio description available at all screenings.
Hearing-impaired subtitles on Sunday 23 April 12:30 and Saturday 29 April 15:45.