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Member Screening - DARKEST HOUR

Darkest Hour
Thursday, 16 November 2017 - 6:30pm
New York City
DARKEST HOUR is 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. A witty and brilliant statesman, Churchill is a stalwart member of Parliament but at age 65 is an unlikely candidate for Prime Minister; however the situation in Europe is desperate. With Allied nations continuing to fall against Nazi troops, and with the entire British army stranded in France, Churchill is named to the position with urgency on May 10th, 1940.

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 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.

With the support of his wife of 31 years, Clemmie, Churchill looks to the British people to inspire him to stand firm and fight for his nation’s ideals, liberty, and freedom. Putting his power with words to the ultimate test, with the help of his tireless secretary, Winston must write and deliver speeches that will rally a nation. As Winston withstands his own darkest hour, he attempts to change the course of world history forever.

CAST: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup and Ben Mendelsohn

DIRECTOR: Joe Wright

WRITER: Anthony McCarten

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: James Biddle, Lucas Webb, Liza Chasin

PRODUCERS: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten, Douglas Urbanski