London, 1940. At the height of the Blitz, the Ministry of Information, Film Division, brings in scriptwriter Catrin Cole (the always marvelous Gemma Arterton) to punch up the women's dialogue of its propaganda pictures. The ministry is particularly keen that one new film will appeal to Americans--and to American mothers and wives--and get them gung-ho them to send their sons and husbands off to join the war in Europe. Amidst all the delightful dry and snarky movie satire--Bill Nighy's over-the-hill matinee idol and Sam Claflin's snarky screenwriter are treats--is some very sharp feminist commentary about how men are perfectly willing to harness women's talents and enthusiasm as long as the guys can demean the gals at the same time: "Obviously we can't pay you as much as the chaps," Catrin is blithely informed on her first day. Director Lone Scherfig (An Education) brings her witty and sharply observant eye to this snappy dramedy, and the brilliant cast--also featuring Jake Lacy as a handsome American RAF volunteer roped into acting--is hilarious and touching in equal measure. This one is a real corker.
Director: Lone Scherfig
Producer: Finola Dwyer, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, Amanda Posey, Christine Langan, Ed Wethered, Robert Norris, Ivan Dunleavy, Peter Watson and Zygi Kamasa
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Helen McCrory, Jack Huston, Richard Grant, Rachael Stirling, Henry Goodman, Jeremy Irons, Paul Ritter, Jake Lacy, Claudia Jessie, Stephanie Hyam and Eddie Marsan