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Comedy, Drama, Romance, War Films
When Catrin Cole arrives to interview for a secretarial post at the Ministry of Information, she finds herself unexpectedly assigned to the scriptwriting department, responsible for writing women’s dialogue, or ‘slop’, for propaganda films. With her ear for recreating convincing speech, Catrin soon makes an impression and is assigned to a feature film project to encourage American intervention in the war effort. Tasked with influencing audiences and raising spirits, Catrin is empowered by her new role despite the reductive tendencies of her male colleagues. Inspired by the female scriptwriters who came into their own during the war, this poignant comedy captures the collaborative and creative spirit of filmmaking under fire.
A film guide that looks at Darkest Hour (2017), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
Activities to support engagement, debate and reflection alongside a screening from the History in Action strand of the festival.
A film guide that looks at Their Finest (2016), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
A Land Girl, an American GI and a British soldier find themselves together in a small Kent town on the road to Canterbury.
11+ years 119 mins
Moving World War II drama detailing the hardships of war from a domestic perspective, with a lead grittily determined to endure sacrifices.
7+ years 128 mins
British World War II propaganda film about a small English village whose citizens must defend it after it's infiltrated by disguised German soldiers.
11+ years 88 mins
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We look at Winston Churchill biopic 'Darkest Hour' and how it captures Britain at a time of tremendous uncertainty in the early days of World War Two.
Reading time 8 mins
With a year of films that showed off big effects and took on big issues, which movies came out on top for our reporters?
Reading time 5 mins
After another superb year for cinema, we run you through the highlights of 2017 before our curators reveal their personal favourites of the year.
Reading time 8 mins
This week also sees Logan Lucky and Your Name hit cinemas, while Their Finest, Lady Macbeth and more arrive on DVD.
Reading time 4 mins
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