Their Finest, based on Lissa Evans’ novel, Their Finest Hour and a Half, centres on an untried screenwriter who is finding her way in the mayhem of 1940’s London which is persevering through the Blitz.
1940, London, the Blitz; with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits; and inspire America to join the war.
Partnered with fellow writer, Buckley (Sam Claflin), the pair, along with fading matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), reluctantly joins forces on a movie to warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the US public.
The cast also includes Eddie Marsan (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Snow White and the Huntsman and the upcoming The Limehouse Golem) as Ambrose’s agent Sammy; Helen McCrory (The Queen, Hugo, Harry Potter) as Sammy’s sister Sophie; Jack Huston (Howl) as Ellis, Catrin’s war artist husband; and Rachel Stirling (Snow White and the Huntsman, Salmon Fishing in Yemen) as Phyl Moore, tasked with keeping the production on track.
Henry Goodman (Notting Hill), Paul Ritter (Quantam of Solace, The Libertine) and Richard E. Grant (the upcoming Jackie, Age of Innocence, Withnail & I) also feature. Up-and-coming US actor Jake Lacy (Carol, US TV’s The Office, Girls) rounds out the supporting cast as an all-American GI who joins Catrin and Buckley’s production.
Their Finest opens in cinemas nationwide on 21 April 2017