Bob Hoskins stars as Arnie Cole, a loveable Cockney rogue who wants to move up in the fledgling silent-film industry. Prowling for potential investors, Arnie finds haughty, hypercritical Maud and gets far more than he bargained for. While keeping creditors at bay, squabbling actors on task, and an egotistical director under budget, Arnie and Maud try to build a business based on make believe. In the process, they manage to kindle an unorthodox but very real romance. Crackling with droll dialogue and punctuated by moments of true poignancy, Flickers takes you behind the cameras for a hilarious look at the eccentric entrepreneurs, ambitious actors, and assorted other oddballs who populated the British movie business in the days before talkies.