To celebrate the release of Mr. Malcolm’s List, which arrives in UK cinemas this week, we had the pleasure of chatting to its stellar cast about their period romantic comedy that is more modern than it may seem.

When she fails to meet an item on his list of requirements for a bride, Julia Thistlewaite (Zawe Ashton) is jilted by London’s most eligible bachelor, Mr. Malcolm (Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù). Feeling humiliated and determined to exact revenge, she convinces her friend Selina Dalton (Freida Pinto) to play the role of his ideal match. Soon, Mr. Malcolm wonders whether he’s found the perfect woman… or the perfect hoax.

Chatting to Pinto, Dìrísù, Ashton, and Theo James, they talk to us about the lure of the script and its originality, Suzanne Allain’s book and the short film that preceded the feature, the film’s reflection on society, economic classes, and modern dating rituals as well as some of the brilliant lines of dialogue that add to the romantic, pithy nature of the film.

You can watch the full interviews below:

Mr. Malcolm’s List opens in UK cinemas on August 26th.