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Catrin COLE is a \"slop\" scriptwriter, charged with bringing a female perspective to war films produced by the British Ministry of Information\'s Film Division. Her current project is a feature inspired by stories of British civilians rescuing soldiers after the retreat at Dunkirk. Catrin\'s artist husband looks down on her job, despite the fact that it\'s paying the rent. At least lead scenarist Tom BUCKLEY appreciates her efforts.While on location in Devon, Catrin begins to come into her own and earn the respect of her peers. She\'s the only crewperson that Ambrose HILLIARD, a past-his-prime yet nonetheless pompous actor, will talk to.
It is the latest film by Lone SCHERFIG best known as the director of An Education in Korea and a romance film set during the World War II that follows the career and love life of a screenwriter Catrin COLE (Gemma ARTERTON). During the war, the British Ministry decides to hire Catrin as a \'slope\' screenwriter so as to bring women\'s touch to war films. As she starts working in film, Catrin meets her fellow scenarist Tom BUCKLEY (Sam CLAFLIN). Depending on how the war is going, the script has to be modified. Torn apart between the government\'s request and their beliefs as artists, Catrin and Tom have to deal with inner conflict and make compromises for the sake of finishing the film.
This film successfully plays the role of film museum that recreates the British film industry in the 1940s based on a thorough historical research as well as offers retro appeal with its attempt to reenact the historical period when cinema was deeply appreciated. Their Finest is a film about the life and love of the filmmakers from the 1940s who struggle to balance their work and life even during the war. It juxtaposes their struggles with a story about a woman worker who experiences the loss of her beloved one. The original title \"Their Finest\" refers to the finest film that co-writers Catrin and Tom could ever make. Just like in her previous film, Lone SHERFIG focuses on a woman character\'s inner thoughts and follows how she becomes mature right at the crossroads between career and love, namely, between public and private spaces. By doing that, the film attempts to underline the importance of \"women\'s touch\" to a film and shed light on little-noticed efforts of women filmmakers including Catrin who are the nameless heroes forgotten by film history. (Sunah KIM)
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Lone SCHERFIG’s first feature film, The Birthday Trip, was selected for Panorama in Berlin, the New Directors section at MOMA in New York and won the Grand Jury Prix in Rouen. SCHERFIG’s first English-language feature, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, toured the festival circuit and brought home awards from e.g. France, the US and Japan. Her next production, An Education, won the Audience Award at Sundance and was nominated for three Oscars and eight BAFTAs. She has since directed another three English-language films, One Day, The Riot Club and