A British film crew attempts to boost morale during WWII by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.
Their finest really is a tall tale!
Not your usual war caper, this film is quintessentially about the freedom to create and the power that such ingenuity can hold. In this case the audience is the cinema going public during the bombing of London in WWII and the message is that, even in times like these, there is a place for art to inspire the resilience of a nation.
This comedy drama is both powerful and funny which is hardly surprising when you realise that the book was written by Lissa Evans one of the directors and producers for Have I got news for you.
Catrin Cole is played by the talented Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) and she is wonderful portraying a strong female lead, who has to navigate the political and emotional pitfalls of working for the ministry and simultaneously being involved with an unpredictable artist.
Her perilous Journey through a man’s world becomes your journey and it is her discoveries about life, London, and the stories that she doesn’t know are inside her, that keep you watching.
Cole works alongside Tom Buckley who is played by Sam Claflin (Me before you) and together they become essential elements of successful script writing team for the Government with Cole adding gender perspective to a sometimes sexist dialogue. Everyone sort of knows how good she is, except of course Catrin herself. Her naivety and original and refreshing outlook are what ‘Their Finest’ is really all about.
In addition there is a superb supporting role from Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) who entertains throughout with his usual dry one liners and cynicism. I wasn’t sure about Bill in this type of production but credit must go to the casting director as he was the perfect choice along with a whole boatload of British acting talent who are all well guided by Danish (One day ) Director Lone Scherfig.
If you have a Sunday afternoon with time to spare then ‘Keep Calm’ as your country needs you to go and watch ‘Their Finest’. Go on I think you will be surprised.
Releases: 13th April 2017
Rating: M – Contains sex scenes and offensive language
Duration: 117 minutes
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Paul Ritter, Rachael Stirling, Richard E. Grant, Henry Goodman, Jeremy Irons
Director: Lone Scherfig (An Education, One Day, Italian for Beginners)
Lily James was previously attached to this film
Was previously named "Their Finest Hour and a Half".
Gala screened at the 13th edition of Dubai International Film Festival on December 9, 2016.