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Hawking biopic gets rave reviews at Toronto Film Festival


Hawking biopic gets rave reviews at Toronto Film Festival

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‘The Theory of Everything’ is a biopic about the life of world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking, inspired by the memoirs of his first wife, Jane.

It Is the story about how the couple met as students at Cambridge University, and how Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and given just two years to live, but went on to become a global celebrity and best-selling author.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

“It was a passion project for everyone involved. The Hawking family took us in and they treated us so kindly so we wanted to do justice to their story and Stephen and Jane’s vivacity, and their humor,” said British actor Eddie Redmayne, who plays Stephen Hawking.

“I just hope that people like it. But I feel as though there is nothing I can do about it, so I don’t know why I’m nervous. It will be interesting to see what the audience makes of it,” said Felicity Jones, who plays Jane.

The film by award-winning director James Marsh was warmly received in Toronto and is scheduled for global release in November.

Also premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 'The Drop' tells the story of Bob, who tends a drop bar for mob money.

Bob soon finds himself caught between the cops and a crew of Chechen mobsters, in this gritty crime drama starring Tom Hardy, Matthias Schoenaerts, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini, who passed away last year.

The premiere was a chance to pay homage to the charismatic actor, best known for his role as New York mobster Tony Soprano in the like-named TV series.

“Today I’m going to let this movie go and it’s going to be also a goodbye to Jim,” said the film’s director, Michaël Roskam. “I haven’t had a chance to do that yet, so it’s going to be emotional, and especially for Marcie and Michael Gandolfini (his children), they’re here with us today.”

“I wanted the world and everyone just to know that he was more than an actor. I wanted to show and represent my dad more than just an actor, but as a person. I want to make sure everyone knows who he really was,” said his son, Michael.

“There’s very few people who have a very specific ability and talent. I admired him, I admired his work, I was fortunate enough to work with him,” added actor Tom Hardy.

‘The Drop’ marks Belgian director Michaël Roskam’s Hollywood debut after his first feature film ‘Bullhead’ earned him an Oscar nomination. It is on worldwide release from now.

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