‘Their Finest’ to Premiere at TIFF 2016

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“…Jeremy Irons turns up for a delicious cameo…”

Their Finest will have its World Premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

It will screen on Sunday, September 11, at Roy Thomson Hall at 3:30pm. (Gala Presentation)

Additional screenings include:

Monday, September 12th at The Princess of Wales Theatre at 3:00pm

Tuesday. September 13th at Sciotabank Theatre Cinema 01 at 9:30am (Press & Industry)

Wednesday, September 14h at Sciotabank Theatre Cinema 02 at 9:45am (Press & Industry)

Saturday, September 17th at the Visa Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre at 11:45am

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Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig (An Education, The Riot Club) directs a sterling British cast — including Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston and Richard E. Grant — in this period comedy-drama about a group of filmmakers struggling to make an inspirational film to boost morale during the Blitz of London in World War II.

Director Lone Scherfig (An Education) returns to the Festival with this rousing romantic comedy set in Britain’s wartime film industry. Featuring a cast teeming with some of the UK’s most charismatic comedic actors, Bill Nighy and Richard E. Grant among them, Their Finest is about boosting morale in a period of national — and personal — crisis.

Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton, who also appears at the Festival in Orphan and The Girl With All the Gifts) 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 (Sam Claflin) 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 (Nighy), a past-his-prime yet nonetheless pompous actor, will talk to.

Based on the novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans, the film pops with witty banter and flows with lovely period detail. The characters are uniformly textured and the performances nuanced. Nighy is perfectly cast in his endearingly withering role, and Jeremy Irons turns up for a delicious cameo. It is, however, Arterton’s show. She brings subtlety, intelligence, and a range of beautifully gauged emotions to Catrin, whose path to self-renewal is an inspiring example of a talented woman forging her place in the world.

Jeremy Irons Stars in ‘Their Finest’

Jeremy Irons has a small role, as the Secretary of War, in the film Their Finest, directed by Lone Scherfig. The film is based on the 2009 novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans.

The film will have a Gala Presentation at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

TIFF runs from 8th to 18th September. The exact dates, times and locations of the Gala Presentations will be released on 23rd August.

[No confirmation yet on whether Jeremy will be in attendance at TIFF this year.]

Jeremy filmed his role in Their Finest, at the end of September 2015, in Wales.

Read more about the film on IMDb

Read more at the TIFF website.

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Jeremy Irons participated in Harold Pinter tribute at Lord’s Cricket Grounds – UPDATED

from guardian.co.uk

Chris Tarrant joins the Harold Pinter Memorial XI

Chris Tarrant, Bill Nighy and Jeremy Irons joined a group paying tribute to the late cricket-obsessed playwright at Lord’s on Sunday 27 September 2009.

The late Harold Pinter’s lifelong love of cricket was celebrated in a series of events at Lord’s on 27 September. A slew of famous faces, including Chris Tarrant, Bill Nighy and Jeremy Irons, will pay tribute to Pinter – who once called the game “the greatest thing that God created on earth, certainly greater than sex” – in aid of the Lord’s Taverners team’s work with young people with special needs. Tarrant kicked off proceedings in the afternoon, playing for a Lord’s Taverners side under former England captain Mike Brearley, against a Gaieties XI, Pinter’s own beloved team. Theatrical readings in the evening saw Irons take to the stage with Tim West to perform an excerpt from No Man’s Land, and Brearley reading from The Caretaker. Those interested in owning a likeness of Pinter could bid for an oil portrait of the playwright painted by artist Joe Hill. Proceeds from the events will go towards the purchase of a new minibus for transporting sports-mad kids from Pinter’s native Hackney.

* guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2009

Programme from the evening's events from cricketwife.com

Programme from the evening's events from cricketwife.com

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Jeremy helps raise funds for a new cricket pavilion

Former PM backs new pavilion

FORMER prime minister Sir John Major was the guest of honour at a dinner to raise funds for Nettlebed Cricket Club’s new pavilion.

It was held at Manor Farm, Nettlebed, the home of Bessie Kelart, last Friday, when 125 guests enjoyed a champagne reception before sitting down to a three-course meal.

Sir John, who was introduced by local actors Jeremy Irons and Simon Williams, entertained the guests with cricket stories before an auction of 15 lots was held, with Tim Eggar acting as auctioneer.

By the end of the evening a total of £21,000 had been raised towards the £80,000 needed to replace the current pavilion, which was built more than 100 years ago.

from http://www.henleystandard.co.uk

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