Character: Catrin Cole
Production Status: Post-Production
Release Date: 2016 (USA)
Director: Lone Scherfig
Writers: Gaby Chiappe (screenplay), Lissa Evans (novel)
MPAA Rating: n/a
A romantic comedy with a difference set in the early 1940’s. Their Finest Hour and a Half combines the quick-fire repartee of a screwball battle of the sexes infused with the reality of filmmaking under threat of invasion and London in the Blitz. A witty, warm-hearted and moving portrayal of a young woman screenwriter finding her way in matters of life, death and the heart.
“Gaby Chiappe’s skilful adaptation of Lissa Evans’s brilliantly comic and moving wartime novel is a stunning film debut,” commented BBC Films’ head Christine Langan.
“Their Finest Hour And A Half is a funny and touching romance with a great female lead role that is entertaining and emotional in equal measure,” added HanWay managing director Thorsten Schumacher.
Gemma Arterton plays Catrin Cole, junior copy-writer turned romantic dialogue specialist.
With London emptied of men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole lands herself a job writing copy for propaganda films that need “a woman’s touch”. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime.
With the country’s morale at stake, Catrin, Buckley and a colourful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin discovers there is as much drama, comedy and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen.
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