The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate

Bill Condon (2013)

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Our Score
The story of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his mission to expose the secrets of governments and the corporate world is recounted as a lively thriller in this engrossing film. Receiving confidential information through a secure online platform, Assange rails against authority, trying to stay one step ahead of his pursuers and living in constant fear for his life. But he also faces conflict within his own organisation. Director Bill Condon references several other real-life screen dramas, most notably All the President's Men, The Social Network and Zero Dark Thirty, finding intrigue and tension in incidents that dominated world headlines. Cumberbatch gives a towering, compelling performance as Assange, although viewers may find themselves reminded of his TV portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, another driven and obsessive figure lacking in basic social skills.


Premiere. Fact-based drama following the rise of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks and its ultimate involvement in the biggest ever security breach in the history of the US government - an event that takes its toll on the relationship between founders Julian Assange and Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, David Thewlis and Peter Capaldi.

Cast & Crew

Julian Assange Benedict Cumberbatch
Daniel Domscheit-Berg Daniel Brühl
Sam Coulson Anthony Mackie
Nick Davies David Thewlis
Sarah Shaw Laura Linney
James Boswell Stanley Tucci
Anke Alicia Vikander
Alan Rusbridger Peter Capaldi
Birgitta Jonsdottir Carice van Houten
Ian Katz Dan Stevens
Director Bill Condon
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Oct 2013