Win tickets to see Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour at the Odeon in Weston

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 January 2018

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Picture: Focus Features

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Picture: Focus Features

Focus Features

Winston Churchill’s first tumultuous days as Britain’s wartime Prime Minister will be followed in a biographical film starring Gary Oldman.

Churchill was no-one’s first choice for Prime Minister in 1940, when Darkest Day is set, especially after Britain’s bungled efforts to prevent Norway being invaded by Germany.

And within days of his surprise appointment, Nazi forces surrounded the British and French armies and were on the brink of annihilating them.

In Britain’s darkest hour Churchill was forced to rally the nation and convince his colleagues to continue the desperate fight for freedom rather than negotiate with Hitler.

Oldman has already been tipped as an Oscar contender for his turn as Churchill, and the film has received widespread praise from the critics.

In an interview, he described how he was so committed to the role, he smoked £30,000 worth of cigars during filming and got nicotine poisoning in the process.

He also went through a four-hour makeover every morning, with prosthetic make-up used to turn him into the instantly-recognisable Churchill.

Kristin Scott Thomas, who has starred in Four Weddings And A Funeral and The English Patient, appears alongside him as Churchill’s wife Clementine.

Darkest Hour was written by Anthony McCarten, who received award nominations for another biographical film, The Theory Of Everything, about the life of physicist Stephen Hawking.

Darkest Hour is in cinemas now.

The Mercury has teamed up with the Odeon cinema in Weston to offer three lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to see the film.

Usual Archant rules apply and the editor’s decision is final.

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The competition closes at 10am on January 19.

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