‘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 Participates in Face Britain

Famous Faces Get Arty

From artists to athletes, and actors to explorers, we are extremely grateful to all of our Famous Faces.  Each one of them has generously lent their time and support to Face Britain because they passionately believe that all young people should have the opportunity to be inspired by the arts.

Our Famous Faces will be creating their very own self portraits for Face Britain.  So to see a self portrait by Quentin Blake, Amir Khan, Jeremy Irons and everyone else involved, keep coming back to Facebritain.org.uk!

Jeremy Irons attends English National Ballet’s centenery celebration

Chanel’s Lagerfeld puts the fashion back in ballet

By Katy Taylor and Terry Kirby Last updated at 11:06am on 17.06.09

It was a case of high fashion both on and off stage at Sadler’s Wells last night.

A glamorous first-night audience turned out for English National Ballet‘s centenery celebration of the legendary Ballet Russes, with some of the costumes designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

Among those in attendance were Lagerfeld’s muse Amanda Harlech, milliner Philip Treacy and Jasmine Guinness.

Also present were actors Damian Lewis and his wife Helen McCrory, Richard E Grant and Jeremy Irons.

“It was fabulous,” Lewis enthused, while the new Dr Who, actor Matt Smith, described it as ”wonderful”.

“They’re absolutely fabulous,” said Jo Wood, estranged wife of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood. “If I had my time again I’d definitely be a ballet dancer.”

The performance was made up of four dances, including the Dying Swan. It also included the world premiere of Faun(e), a re-imagining of Nijinsky’s L’apres-midi d’un Faune, by internationally acclaimed choreographer David Dawson.

Lagerfeld’s designs for the principal dancers in The Dying Swan and another dance, Apollo, continue a tradition begun by Coco Chanel, whose Parisian fashion house he now heads.

Last night The Dying Swan was danced by Elena Glurdjidze, the senior principal dancer with the ENB, wearing a tutu designed by Lagerfeld using ostrich and a variety of other bird feathers. The four-minute dance was originally created for the legendary Anna Pavlova.

In Apollo, the principal dancers, real-life husband and wife Thomas Edur and Agnes Oaks, wore costumes based by Lagerfeld on classical Greek designs. Chanel herself was a close friend and benefactor of Sergei Diaghilev, who founded the Ballet Russes in 1909.

She created the original costumes for Apollo in 1929 and had an affair with its composer, Igor Stravinsky.

As well as Chanel and Nijinsky, Diaghilev collaborated with other major choreographers, composers, artists and dancers including Pavlova, Picasso, Debussy and Matisse.

Two of the original Ballet Russes dancers, Dame Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, went on to become founders of the ENB.

The Ballet Russes season continues until Saturday.