Darkest Hour sees Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in his first days as Prime Minister as Great Britain navigates the treacherous onset of  World War II. Faced with pressure from the cabinet to negotiate with Hitler as Nazi Germany advances on Western Europe, he takes a stand against fascism and leads the United Kingdom towards victory and peace.

Key themes:

World War II

The film is set in 1940. British forces are trapped in Dunkirk, and the UK is preparing for German invasion. Tensions are high. In this blistering scene, an enraged Churchill argues with his cabinet against a peace treaty with Hitler – “You cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth”.  

Sacrifice

The sacrifice of life, land and resources is a consistent theme throughout the film. In one moving scene, Churchill’s wife Clementine (played by Kristin Scott Thomas) discusses the sacrifices that she and her children have made, knowing that they would never be Churchill’s main priority and that they would always come second to the needs of the public.

Interchanging certainty and doubt

Churchill is not universally supported when he becomes Prime Minister. Among others, King George VI voices doubts against his appointment, and their first meeting is strained with tension.

Churchill also doubts himself, lamenting to his wife that he doesn’t feel up to the job. In contrast, Clementine had confidence and certainty in his strategy, which inspired confidence in others, and ultimately led to Churchill galvanizing the public’s support and winning over his detractors.

Key scenes:

"We will never surrender"

Churchill gives his now legendary “we shall fight on the beaches” speech in Parliament. Could any of these words be incorporated into visuals for your submission?

Winston Churchill Takes The Tube

Churchill is asked to negotiate a peace treaty with Hitler. Uncertain, he impulsively rides The London Underground, asking bewildered passengers their thoughts on whether they'd prefer to surrender or  continue to fight. 

"Up your bum"

Churchill learns an alternative interpretation for his famous “V for Victory” hand gesture. Dare you include it (appropriately!) in your submission?

We can't wait to see how you interpret these key scenes and themes and turn them into digitally illustrated work!

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