London, 1940. With the nation bowed down by war and morale at stake, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home.
Realizing their films could use “a woman’s touch,” the ministry hires Catrin Cole as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin’s natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley. Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard.
As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.
The magnificent Rachael Stirling plays the clever, funny, closet lesbian Phyl, a Ministry employee tasked with making sure the writers stick to the approved template. As well as the war raging in Europe, women were engaged in their own battle of the sexes and Phyl is in the front line with her Savile Row suits and steely determination, representing the women working as writers, producers and technicians as women fought for inclusion in the film industry.
See Rachael in ‘Their Finest’ – In cinemas from Friday 21st April.