Gala Presentations

Darkest Hour

Joe Wright

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Gary Oldman steps into the imposing persona of Winston Churchill in this period drama from director Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement), set in the early years of World War II.

The press conference for this film takes place on Monday, September 11 at 11:30am.

This stirring historical drama from Atonement director Joe Wright ushers us into the backrooms and bunkers of British government during a pivotal point in World War II, when Winston Churchill was thrust into the role of Prime Minister and the United Kingdom seemed on the brink of invasion. Starring Oscar nominees Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas, Darkest Hour brilliantly depicts the myriad obstacles Churchill faced in his determination to resist the Nazis — and shows just how close history came to taking a terrifyingly different direction.

When Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is forced to resign less than a year into the war, Churchill (Oldman) is selected as his only viable replacement despite his controversial career. With British resources dwindling, France having already fallen, and the US yet to enter the fray, a contingent led by Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax (Stephen Dillane) pushes hard for peace talks with Hitler. Churchill will have none of it, but how do you convince an anxious cabinet, much less an entire nation, to fight what may well be a losing battle?

Working from Anthony McCarten's ingeniously structured script, Wright deploys a battery of inventive visual designs to capture his story in flights of Wellesian dazzle. Yet for all the spectacle, Darkest Hour is at heart a character piece, and Oldman has transformed himself utterly, rendering Churchill a living, breathing lion of a leader.

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