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Hawking: Can You Hear Me?

  • Documentary and factual
  • News and current affairs
  • 2021
  • Oliver Twinch
  • 91 mins
  • 12

Summary

The life and career of Stephen Hawking, exploring the remarkable story of a man who became one of the most famous physicists of the 20th century

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Review

If you’ve seen the 2014 biopic The Theory of Everything, you’ll have the rough gist of this documentary about Britain’s most famous modern physicist, but the testimony here from Stephen Hawking’s family and associates is jaw-droppingly frank, full of lemon and grit as well as love. Hawking’s wife, Jane, and their children discuss how challenging it was to live with a brilliant, important, severely disabled man: in Jane’s words, “We turned our backs to the precipice, but the precipice was always there.” The burden of care is one thing, but the story veers into psychodrama when Jane and Stephen become involved in a love triangle that turns into a rectangle. Profiles of the recently deceased – Hawking died in 2018 – are rarely so unvarnished and not often so compelling. 

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Credits

Cast

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SelfJudy Fella
SelfPeter Guzzardi
SelfJane Hawking
SelfLucy Hawking
SelfRobert Hawking
SelfJonathan Hellyer Jones

Crew

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DirectorOliver Twinch
ProducerAnthony Geffen
ComposerStuart Miller
EditorDoug Howarth

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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