Darkest Hour is a 2017 war drama film directed by Joe Wright and written by Anthony McCarten. It stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and is an account of his early days as Prime Minister, as Nazi Germany’s Wehrmacht swept across Western Europe, threatening to defeat the United Kingdom during World War II. The German advance leads to friction at the highest levels of government between those who would make a peace treaty with Adolf Hitler, and Churchill, who refused. The film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, and Ronald Pickup.
The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on 1 September 2017, and also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. It began a limited release in the United States on 22 November 2017, followed by general release on 22 December, and was released on 12 January 2018 in the United Kingdom. The film grossed $149 million worldwide and received positive reviews.
Many critics noted Oldman’s performance as one of the best of his career; he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his work. At the 90th Academy Awards the film earned six nominations, including Best Picture, and won for Best Actor and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. At the 71st British Academy Film Awards it received nine nominations including Best Film and Outstanding British Film.
A review can be found here: Guardian review
Everyone is welcome to the screening at 7.30pm on Tuesday June 19th at the De Valence Pavilion, Tenby. Entrance is £5 or £4 if you are a member of Films4Tenby. Membership is £10 per year from May.
The Fuschia Caffe in Tenby also offers a pre-screening (6pm) 2 course meal for £10 which needs to be booked directly with them on 01834 219224.
The bar will be open at the De Valence before the screening, and popcorn will be available. Hope to see you there!