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Stephen Finnigan (2013)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Not many public figures could get away with co-writing and narrating their own biographical documentary, but Professor Stephen Hawking is a true one-off. The cruel motor neurone disease that has immobilised his body hasn't stopped him from making Einstein-like advances in cosmology, forming the basis of a glittering career. Director Stephen Finnigan frames a remarkable life story with unique, intimate access to the 71-year-old's daily working life at Cambridge University, as a jet-setting superstar lecturer and centre of London's 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony. Having been given two years to live at the age of 21, Hawking's modus operandi remains "seize the day" and this close-range portrait leaves the viewer awe-struck and humbled by his continued good humour, and the dedication of those around him. Hawking is surprisingly candid about his failed marriages and weakness for the limelight, while warm testimony from family and friends and subtly staged reconstruction round out a captivating study of human endeavour.


Documentary about the renowned physicist's life and work, from his schooldays to his scientific discoveries and 50-year struggle with motor neurone disease - a condition doctors predicted would lead to his death within two years of the initial diagnosis. As he lost the use of his body, Hawking had to find new ways to think, and went on to write the bestseller A Brief History of Time. This film reveals the high and lows of his resulting fame and fortune, and includes interviews with Buzz Aldrin, Richard Branson, Jim Carrey and Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as his friends and family.

Cast & Crew

Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking
Director Stephen Finnigan

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Vertigo FilmsGuidance: Sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Sep 2013