Set in London in 1940, this wry comedy tells the story of Catrin Cole, a young copywriter drafted by the Ministry of Information to add a woman’s touch to its propaganda films, which are intended to boost morale in the midst of the Blitz. Gemma Arterton leads a cast of Britain’s top talent, as Catrin and a cynical, witty screenwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin) 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 colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.
Writer/director Lone Scherfig graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 1984. Scherfig’s first English-language feature, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002), toured the festival circuit and brought home awards from France, the U.S., and Japan. Her production An Education (2009), won the Audience Award at Sundance and was nominated for three Oscars and eight BAFTAs. Scherfig has since directed another three English-language films; One Day (2011), The Riot Club (2014) and Their Finest (2016), which screened at the London Film Festival and Sundance. In between features, Scherfig has directed a range of TV series, including Taxa (1997), Quiet Waters (1999), Better Times (2004) and, most recently, The Astronaut Wives Club (2015).