Lone Scherfig (An Education) directs a sterling British cast in this period comedy-drama based on the novel, Their Finest Hour and a Half, by Lissa Evans about a group of filmmakers struggling to make an inspirational film to boost morale during the Blitz of London in World War II.
Young screenwriter Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is charged with bringing a female perspective to war films produced by the British Ministry of Information's Film Division. Her current project is inspired by stories of British civilians rescuing soldiers after the retreat at Dunkirk. While on location in Devon, Catrin begins to come into her own and earn the respect of her peers, including the haughty veteran actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy).
Their Finest pops with witty banter, flows with exquisite period detail and functions as a positive affirmation of women in film thanks to a fine performance from Gemma Arterton and superb direction from Lone Scherfig.