DEADLINE – Danish director Lone Scherfig continues her path to British citizenship with Their Finest, which took its world premiere bow at the Toronto Film Festival this past weekend. It’s her fourth British film in a row, after An Education, One Day and The Riot Club, and follows a group of characters in wartime London as they mount an heroic film production for the British government’s propaganda machine. When Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is seconded to pen a screenplay, she is immersed in an hilarious and warm theatrical world that includes characters like prima donna ham actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy, on masterful form) and her handsome co-writer Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin).
Based on Lissa Evans’ novel and scripted by Gaby Chiappe, Scherfig’s film paints a rich and nuanced picture of life for those in London who weren’t off fighting, but who still made enormous contributions to the war effort as they dealt with nightly bombings during The Blitz. And it has something meaningful to say about the work of women, especially, in keeping the country running.
Its moviemaking backdrop was what attracted Scherfig, she told me, as she and her cast descended on the Deadline Toronto studio. “It’s a little window in film history where films have never been more important,” she noted.
Arterton shines in the lead, bringing truth and depth of emotion to the film as its parody of the world of 1940s film production keeps the tone light. “There’s broad strokes in this film,” she said, “but everything’s done with such detail that it makes it not-brash. That’s down to Lone’s attention to detail. Little tiny things that you might not even catch, really, but she sees and thinks about.”
Nighy gets the plummiest of plum parts as the monstrously egotistical Hilliard, and he was on typically riotous form at the Deadline studio. “They were looking for someone to play a chronically self-absorbed, pompous actor in his declining years, and they thought of me,” he quipped. “Which is tricky to process on occasion, but I suppose I should be just grateful for the work.”
The great skill of the film, though, is that even Hilliard’s arch character gets to demonstrate a softer side. Says Scherfig: “Ambrose Hilliard changes over the course of the film, as much as someone as vain and ignorant of what goes on around him can change.”
Earlier today, Sam attended several events at the Variety Studio during the Toronto International Film Festival. You can check out HQ photos in our gallery!
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After the premiere of Their Finest yesterday, Sam attended a party for the film At STORYS Toronto Hosted By PIPER-HEIDSEICK Champagne. He was seen with his co-stars Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy and director, Lone Scherfig. High quality photos have been added to the gallery!
Earlier today, Sam attended the premiere of “Their Finest” at this year’s 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Sam’s co-stars Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy were in attendance along with director, Lone Scherfig; producers, Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley. The gallery has been updated with over 40 high quality photos. If anymore release, they’ll be added to the gallery. Enjoy!
Me Before You was released on DVD/Blu-ray earlier this week. I was able to get my own copy and have made blu-ray screencaptures from the film along with the special features! Enjoy! :) Be sure to check out fansites for Sam’s co-stars, Emilia Clarke and Jenna Coleman for captures soon. Also make sure to pick up the film if you haven’t yet. It’s a must see!
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The lineup for The 60th BFI London Film Festival has been unveiled today. Sam’s upcoming film, Their Finest with Gemma Arterton will have a gala at the festival. The festival runs Wednesday 5 – Sunday 16 October 2016. Sam is listed on the attendees list. We can’t wait to see him!
The Mayor of London’s Gala is the European Premiere of THEIR FINEST, which sees director Lone Scherfig return to the Festival following An Education (LFF2009) Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin star in this delectable comedic drama, set in the world of filmmaking in London during the 1940s.
There hasn’t been much Sam updates lately.. but, I can’t wait for the Toronto International Film Festival and see Sam promoting Their Finest with the beautiful Gemma Arterton. For now, as promised I have something to make up for the downtime on the site. I have added 30 additional outtakes from Sam’s photoshoot for L’Uomo Vogue back in 2014. It would be appreciated if you did not re-post the photos. Enjoy, thank you!
The lineup for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival has been announced! Sam’s movie with Gemma Arterton, Their Finest will have a gala screening! The festival runs September 8 – 18.
Their Finest Lone Scherfig, United Kingdom World Premiere
Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig’s period comedy-drama follows a group of filmmakers struggling to make an inspirational film to boost morale — and inspire America to join the war — during the London Blitz in World War II. A witty, romantic and moving portrayal of a young woman finding her way, and her voice, in the mayhem of war…and movies. Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan, Jake Lacy, Rachel Stirling, and Richard E. Grant.