THEIR FINEST: Gemma Arterton Shines Light On Female Filmmakers

Gemma Arterton portrays a screenwriter in wartime London.

BackstageOL’s Dave Morales sat down with Gemma Arterton in this backstage interview to talk about his role in the upcoming drama Their Finest, a film based on the novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans.

In the interview, Arterton described what it was like to play the role of Catrin Cole, a female screenwriter overcoming the challenges of working within a male-dominated industry. “It was really extraordinary for a woman to be in that sort of situation [creative positions],” she explained. “Especially in the 40s, sexism was just a regular thing.”


With London emptied of its men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is hired by the British Ministry of Information as a “slop” scriptwriter charged with bringing “a woman’s touch” to morale-boosting propaganda films. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and a colorful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. Although Catrin’s artist husband looks down on her job, she quickly discovers there is as much camaraderie, laughter and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen.

Their Finest hits theaters this Friday, April 7th. Check out the full interview with Arterton below:

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