For her latest look at British life, Lone Scherfig is in World War II territory, following a young woman (Gemma Arterton) struggling to find her voice as she helps with propaganda films in London.
Adapted from Lissa Evans' novel Their Finest Hour And A Half, the new film has been a while in the making, first touted back in 2014. Arterton here takes over for Lily James (Cinderella) as Catrin, who is recruited to help with the creation of a film in 1940 to lift the flagging nation's spirits and inspire America to enter the conflict.
But while she sees it as a chance, she faces the fact that she is mostly there to handle what the male writers term "the slop" – or female characters' dialogue. Soon, though, Catrin is proving her ability to likes of fellow writer Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin) and fading matinee idol Ambrose Hillard (Bill Nighy) as they try to create something that will provide a ray of hope in a time of darkness.
Gaby Chiappe was on script duty for this one, with Eddie Marsan (The World's End), Helen McCrory (Skyfall), Jack Huston (American Hustle) and Richard E. Grant (Dom Hemingway) also in the cast.