Gary Oldman stars as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, a thrilling account inspired by the true story of Winston Churchill’s first weeks in office during the early days of the Second World War. The film, which arrives in cinemas on 12th January, goes behind the scenes to take a revelatory look at the man behind the icon.
As the threat of invasion of the UK by Hitler’s forces looms and 300,000 British soldiers cornered in Dunkirk, Churchill finds his own party plotting against him and King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn) skeptical that his new Prime Minister can rise to the challenge. He is confronted with the ultimate choice: negotiate a peace treaty with Nazi Germany and save the British people at a terrible cost or fight on against incredible odds.
Darkest Hour not only shines a light on a crucial period in our country’s history – it also takes us inside Churchill’s head. With the support of his wife of 31 years, Clemmie (Kristin Scott Thomas), he must weigh up military and personal sacrifices, and discover how to lead under pressure.
This portrait of a flawed man rising to a daunting challenge will hopefully encourage many who see it to go out and shape the future in their own unique ways. As Darkest Hour producer Eric Fellner says, ‘If the audience today can engage with an icon of that time as a human being, then his qualities of leadership will be that much more inspiring.’
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