As the threat of an invasion of the UK by Hitler’s forces looms and with 300,000 British soldiers cornered in Dunkirk, Churchill finds his own party plotting against him and King George VI, who is 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 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.
Joe studied Fine Art, Film and Video at Central St Martin’s College of Art. After college he worked on music videos and short films until 1997 when he was commissioned to direct NATURE BOY, a four-part mini-series for BBC2. This was followed by several other highly acclaimed, nominated, and awarded mini-series, including BOB AND ROSE and CHARLES II for the BBC1.
Joe made his feature film directorial debut in 2005 with PRIDE & PREJUDICE, starring Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen, Rosamund Pike, Donald Sutherland, Brenda Blethyn and Carey Mulligan. The critically-acclaimed film won BAFTA’s Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in Their First Feature Film.
His second feature ATONEMENT, based on Ian McEwan’s novel, stars Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Saoirse Ronan. The film received thirteen BAFTA Award nominations, and won for Best Film and Best Production Design;
Joe Wright next directed THE SOLOIST, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, followed by the sleeper hit HANNA with an electro music score by The Chemical Brothers, starring Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett.
In 2011, he directed ANNA KARENINA, starring Keira Knightley, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jude Law, Domnhall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander – in her first English-speaking role – from a screenplay penned by Tom Stoppard.
In 2015, Wright directed PAN, an original story of the beloved Peter Pan characters, starring Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Levi Miller.
Wright lives in London with his wife, classical sitarist Anoushka Shankar, and their two sons.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Joe Wright
Written by: Anthony McCarten
Produced by: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel
Main Cast: Gary Oldman (Winston Churchill), Kristin Scott Thomas (Clemmie Churchill), Lily James (Elizabeth Layton), Stephen Dillane (Viscount Halifax), Ronald Pickup (Neville Chamberlain), Ben Mendelsohn (King George VI)
Nominations and Awards
- People's Choice Award 2018