This Friday, STX Entertainment is releasing Their Finest, a new film from director Lone Scherfig (An Education, One Day). Adapting Lissa Evans bestseller Their Finest Hour and a Half, the romantic comedy is set in London in 1940 and follows a fictional propaganda film production about the battle of Dunkirk. Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games franchise, Me Before You) plays a film producer who is teamed with Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton), a woman from the British Ministry of Information assigned to bring a woman’s touch to the project’s screenplay.
CS recently sat down with Claflin to discuss his turn as Their Finest‘s Tom Buckley. In the below interview, he recalls the making the film’s movie production within a movie production and even recalls an amusing story about his audition years ago for Marvel Studios‘ Thor. Check back soon, too, as we’ll soon be bringing you another conversation with Their Finest‘s Bill Nighy.
CS: Heading into a film set in England during WWII, I was surprised by how light the tone of “Their Finest” is at times.
Sam Claflin: I think that anything set in that time is kind of expected to have that heaviness. I think that part of what really attracted me to that script and that world was the real sense of a “keep calm and carry on” motto that we now use way too often. It was sort of a fresh outlook on war and the fight that went on behind the scenes.
CS: While the tone of the film may be a bit relaxed, your Tom Buckley is sort of the reverse.
Sam Claflin: He’s the atypical leading man, isn’t he? He’s the person who maybe doesn’t quite tick every box on what makes a hero. That’s what attracted me to the uniqueness of him and the original kind of relationship between himself and Catrin Cole. There’s the fact that he doesn’t think she’s good enough when she is better than him. I think that’s quite poetic.
Hello Sam fans! With the theatrical release of Their Finest right around the corner (April 6 for USA and April 21 for UK), we have added to the gallery more production stills featuring Sam, along with one special behind the scenes photo of him with Gemma Arterton and director Lone Scherfig. Enjoy!
Sam Claflin of the Hunger Games and Snow White and the Huntsman franchises stars in Their Finest, a historical drama about Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) and the propaganda film crew working in WWII London that employed her as a writer while the majority of the men were on the front lines. Claflin, who’s kept busy managing a successful career and being a new dad, is a huge movie fan himself.
“I could honestly talk about films all day,” he told us, when we asked him about his Five Favorite Films. “That list of five could easily fit between 700,000 that I like. The one thing, I have to say, I’m really upset in myself and quite disappointed by, is that my knowledge of a back catalog of films that were brought out a while ago is pretty lackluster. Purely because I try to keep up-to-date with filmmaking now and the filmmakers now and who I want to work with.” See which ones actually made the list right here:
NOTTING HILL (1999)
One off the top of my head — I think a film that I have watched time and time again — and every time I watch it I feel that I kind of see something new. I love Notting Hill. It’s by Roger Michell. There’s sort of an English charm — [and] I’m English. There’s sort of that slight insight into the kind of acting world Julia Roberts is playing. The kind of celebrity — I suppose especially me being an actor — there’s a lot of relatable qualities about it. I have a huge entourage of people who are really far away from this industry. So, there’s a sort of connecting dots between myself and them — always sort of very similar to the the world Notting Hill is based in.
Hello Sam fans! As you know, Sam was on Extra back in February to promote Their Finest and do a quick Q&A on twitter. We were promised that the video would be released near the movie’s theatrical release and it finally happened! The interview and the Q&A were released last night on Extra’s official twitter account and you can watch all the videos bellow (and under the cut). Enjoy!
— ExtraTV (@extratv) 3 de abril de 2017
The British charm bomb who made you sweat in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and bawl in Me Before You bring the swoons as screenwriter Tom Buckley in Their Finest (out April 7)… and even more as his RL self.
“Back when I was single, I never chatted up women I didn’t know or did the online-dating thing. My relationships usually blossomed out of friendship. It’s the best way for me to know if it’ll work. I’m not a risk taker in that sense. I want to be sure that I won’t get hurt before I get into something serious.”
Open Your Heart
“When it comes to women, I’m more clumsy than smooth! I’ve never had moves the way some guys do. But I will say, I’m quite open and honest. I don’t keep my cards close to my chest.I’m not ashamed of whatI have to give.”
Come As You Are
“I like someone who’s quirky. I don’t like sheep.I prefer a shepherd…or make that a shepherdess! Someone who’s her own person instead of following everyone else.And I don’t have a type—it’s not like she needs to be 5 feet 4 and brunette. I fall in love with the personality.”
Love Is in the Air
“I like to think that I’m quite romantic all the time, even if it’s by doing something as simple as making my wife a cup of tea every morning. For our first official date, I flew her out to Los Angeles. She was like, ‘I’ve come all this way—what if we don’t get on?’ I said, ‘It’ll be fine.I swear. The minute you get through arrivals, I’ll kiss you.’ I did, and the rest is history. When I love someone, I want them to be happy.”
With Their Finest theatrical release upon us, new production stills from the film starring Sam Claflin, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy have been released– and added to our gallery! It also appears that the cast is currently doing press in New York for the film, before its special screening tomorrow!
Nightingale, director Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to the cult sensation Babadook, is moving forward with both financing and a cast.
Nightingale is set in Tasmania in 1825, and follows a 21-year-old Irish convict who witnesses the brutal murder of her husband and baby by her soldier master, and takes justice into her own hands, finding an Aboriginal male tracker to enter the wilderness with her to seek revenge.
The Fall‘s Aisling Franciosi will star in the thriller, along with Hunger Games grad Sam Claflin. Damon Herriman, Ewen Leslie and Harry Greenwood will also star, with Aboriginal Djuki Mala, dancer Baykali Ganambarr and East Arnhem Land indigenous model Magnolia Maymuru rounding out the cast.
Bron Creative will produce and co-finance the thriller, with Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories. Nightingalewill mark the first production for Made Up Stories since Papandrea parted ways with Pacific Standard, a banner that she started with actress Reese Witherspoon.
Screen Australia, Screen Tasmania and the South Australian Film Corporation are also financing.
Babadook producer Kristina Ceyton will produce the new feature, along with Papandrea. Aaron L. Gilbert, Andy Pollack, Jason Cloth and Brenda Gilbert will executive produce for Bron, with Ben Browning and Alison Cohen executive producing for FilmNation and Steve Hutensky exec producing for Made Up Stories.
Nightingale has already been sold for Australia and New Zealand to Transmission Films. WME is handling US rights, with FilmNation handling international.