24 October 2017
Their Finest is set in London in 1940 and takes us into the cinematic world of wartime propaganda. The Dunkirk evacuation is still raw in the minds of the public and the Ministry of Information is keen to raise moral while at the same time seeking to convince the Americans that they should join the war. Catrin, played by Gemma Arterton, has been identified as a possible script copywriter, bringing the female perspective to these public information films.
Catrin is dispatched to interview two sisters who 'borrowed' their father's boat to join the Dunkirk evacuation. This is seen as an ideal story upon which to base a moral-lifting film. Catrin is to work with Tom, who first spotted a piece she had written. Tom's sarcasm and dismissiveness of women's dialogue as 'slop' leads to a continuing and often amusing banter between them, although it soon becomes apparent that he is attracted to her.
Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy) is to play the sister's uncle, a role reluctantly accepted since Ambrose, a once famous screen detective, wants to play Johnny, the young rescued soldier. Things are progressing well until the team are told that they must incorporate an American serviceman in the cast, the handsome Norwegian, Carl Lundbeck, but unfortunately he can't act. Catrin is called upon to pander to Ambrose's ego when they want him to help Carl deliver his lines.
Based on Lissa Evans’ novel, ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’, Their Finest is a witty portrayal of a young woman finding her way, her voice and romance in the mayhem of war… and the movies.