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‘Their Finest’: Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy on the Humor & Humanity of Their WWII Film

Collider – From director Lone Scherfig and adapted from the novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans, the romantic drama Their Finest is set in the midst of the devastating Second World War, when movies became a crucial outlet to raise the spirits of the nation during wartime. Catrin Col (Gemma Arterton) is employed to write female dialogue, referred to as “slop” by her male co-writers, for original British Ministry of Information propaganda feature films with fellow screenwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin), and as the two work together, they realize that there can be just as much passion behind the camera as there is on screen.

During this phone interview with Collider, co-stars Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy (who plays the self-absorbed but charismatic thespian, Ambrose Hilliard, whose days of being a romantic lead are well behind him) talked about what attracted them to Their Finest, the story’s feeling of nostalgia, learning to work on a typewriter, how dreamy it was to work with co-star Gemma Arterton, and why people love the collective experience of watching movies. Claflin also talked about My Cousin Rachel and the experience of working with Rachel Weisz, while Nighy talked about playing a very nice man in The Bookshop, opposite Emily Mortimer.

Collider: What was it about this script that made you want to be a part of telling this story and playing this character?

BILL NIGHY: To be honest, it was triggered by the prospect of working with (director) Lone Scherfig. That was my initial enthusiasm. And then, when I read the script, it was a wonderful script full of humor and humanity, which appealed to me. It was also something that I’m interested in. I’m interested in making movies and I’m interested in that period. People in the U.K. have a very specific nostalgia for that time, and I thought it beautifully expressed the details of how people’s lives were, during that time, and the general feeling, and how people can remain compassionate in truly dangerous times, rather than like compassion during strategically invented dangerous times. It’s a timely movie, in that respect. But, the script was very attractive.

SAM CLAFLIN: For me, personally, I’d been fortunate enough to work with Lone Scherfig, and she approached me with this script. After having such an incredible experience with her before, I knew that no matter what she gave me, I would happily jump aboard. Honestly, I fell in love with the script. I thought it was a really unique war story, set around a very poignant part of our history, but with an insight into a world that I wasn’t overly familiar with, with filmmaking at that time. I loved the beautifully poetic love story between Buckley and Catrin, and also the humor that Ambrose Hilliard brought. So, it ticked every box for me, really. And Gemma [Arterton] was already attached and I’d always wanted to work with her. It was a no-brainer.

This film has an almost fairy tale quality to it, while being set in the middle of a war, and it explores humor and tragedy in a very real, very relatable way. Was that clearly evident, when you read the script, or did that come out of fine turning during the shoot?

CLAFLIN: I thought it was all there, laid out in the text and the story, and even in the novel, which obviously came first. The world that was created and the rhythm and musicality that the script had felt almost like a musical. It felt quite uplifting and hopeful, and light and airy. It felt humorous and also quite nostalgic. It felt like a film of the time, and there’s something quite original about that. I think La La Land did it very similarly, in that it has that bounce in its step. As much as I don’t sing songs – Bill does – I felt really drawn to the musicality of it. You can’t ask for more, really.

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Their Finest Update: Production Stills and Behind The Scenes
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Their Finest Update: Production Stills and Behind The Scenes

I have updated our gallery adding the latest production stills and behind the scenes photo from Sam’s upcoming movie Their Finest! Hopefully we can get these new stills in high quality soon!

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New “My Cousin Rachel” Trailer

FOX SEARCHLIGHT – A dark romance, MY COUSIN RACHEL tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

A second trailer for My Cousin Rachel has now been released! Check it out below:

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Sam Claflin to Star in Jennifer Kent’s ‘Babadook’ Follow-Up ‘Nightingale’

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The thriller is moving forward with financing from Bron Creative and Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories.

Nightingale, director Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to the cult sensation Babadook, is moving forward with both financing and a cast.

Nightingale is set in Tasmania in 1825, and follows a 21-year-old Irish convict who, after witnessing the brutal murder of her husband and baby by her soldier master, takes justice into her own hands, finding an Aboriginal male tracker to enter the wilderness with her to seek revenge.

The Fall’s Aisling Franciosi will star in the thriller, along with Hunger Games grad Sam Claflin.

Damon Herriman, Ewen Leslie and Harry Greenwood will also star, with Aboriginal Djuki Mala dancer Baykali Ganambarr and East Arnhem Land indigenous model Magnolia Maymuru rounding out the cast.

Bron Creative will produce and co-finance the thriller, with Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories. Nightingale will mark the first production for Made Up Stories since Papandrea parted ways with Pacific Standard, a banner that she started with actress Reese Witherspoon.

Screen Australia, Screen Tasmania and the South Australian Film Corporation are also financing.

Babadook producer Kristina Ceyton will produce the new feature, along with Papandrea. Aaron L. Gilbert, Andy Pollack, Jason Cloth and Brenda Gilbert will executive produce for Bron, with Ben Browning and Alison Cohen executive producing for FilmNation and Steve Hutensky exec producing for Made Up Stories.

Nightingale has already been sold for Australia and New Zealand to Transmission Films. WME is handling US rights, with FilmNation handling international.

New “Their Finest” Production Stills & Poster
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New “Their Finest” Production Stills & Poster

I have updated the gallery with new production stills Their Finest along with a new poster. Enjoy! Also, be sure to check out Gemma Arterton Online to see photos of Sam’s co-star in the film.