Donald Crowhurst is an amateur sailor whose ambition eclipses his financial woes. When he comes across the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968; an event in which sailors must circumnavigate the world in return for sponsorship; he sees it as the perfect opportunity for adventure, recognition and, indeed, the answer to all his financial problems.
His friends and family think he's mad to sign up to be alone on a boat for nine months, plus, while he's very much into sailing, his own boat is certainly not up to world-travel standard. Nevertheless, he enlists the help of his wife to build a new vessel that will withstand the tempestuous oceans and unpredictable weathers, managing to secure an investment from his friend Stanley Best.
Of course, his wife isn't thrilled with the whole idea. When it comes to it, the thought of watching her husband sail out to sea for the best part of a year is a heartbreaking and terrifying prospect. Indeed, he does face such a matter of life and death off the coast of Africa, and begins to realise that his new boat isn't going to get him much further.
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The actor has been learning to sail in preparation for his role as yachtsman Donald Crowhurst.
Colin Firth was last seen saving the world as veteran spy Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Secret Service, and now the versatile star has become a sailor in preparation for his role in a currently untitled Donald Crowhurst biopic.
First Kingsman, now yachtsman for Colin Firth
Attending a yacht party at the Cannes Film Festival, the Academy Award winner told the New York Post's Page Six that he has been taking sailing lessons before filming on the drama begins in England on Monday. He revealed he will captain a "41ft trimaran" with a cabin so tight, "there's very little room to act in."
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Eddie Redmayne talks about the research that went into becoming Stephen Hawking.
It was nothing short of a daunting prospect when Eddie Redmayne was faced with the task of recreating the most intelligent human being on the planet for the forthcoming Stephen Hawking biopic 'The Theory Of Everything', but he got there.
Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking in his new biopic
Stephen Hawking, while widely known for his work on theoretical physics and penning the best-selling 'A Brief History Of Time', is probably also the most recognisable scientist on the face of the Earth. This is thanks to an over 50 year struggle with the debilitating motor neuron disease, contributing to his wheelchair confinement, almost total paralysis and lack of speech; though the latter is not strictly true. Anyone with half a brain would be able to identify his robotic speech-generating device which, contrary to his Oxford roots, possessed a certain nasal twang.
After a string of strong performances, Eddie Redmayne's first real outing as a leading man in 'The Theory of Everything' could land him an Oscar nomination.
Eddie Redmayne has garnered critical acclaim for a towering performance as Stephen Hawking in James Marsh's new British drama The Theory of Everything. Inspired by the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by his first wife Jane Hawking, the movie deals with their relationship, Hawking's diagnosis for motor neurone disease and his glittering successes in physics.
Eddie Redmayne [R] turns in a towering performance as Stephen Hawking
"But Redmayne towers: this is an astonishing, genuinely visceral performance which bears comparison with Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot, said Catherine Shoard of The Guardian, "His Hawking starts askew - the glasses, maybe the shoulders a touch - and over the course of two hours contorts and buckles into a figure at once instantly familiar and fresh." Even the most amateur of movie buffs will know that Day-Lewis won his first Oscar for playing artist Christy Brown, who suffered from cerebral palsy.
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Excitement builds as the trailer for the Stephen Hawking biopic is released.
Excitement for the forthcoming British biopic, The Theory of Everything, based on the life of cosmologist and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has been propelled forward twice this week: firstly with a still of the two main characters, Hawking and his wife Jane, and now with a full trailer.
The first still released from the Stephen Hawking forthcoming biopic, The Theory of Everything
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones assume the roles of the two main characters and will take audiences on a journey through the early stages of Hawking’s studies and the difficulties the couple face when he is diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21.
Coming from a privileged upbringing, cosmologist and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking naturally had a first-rate education - though no-one could expect the kind of genius and revolutionary theories that he would eventually come up with. While wowing his university professors with his baffling discoveries, he was fighting a personal battle with his rapidly deteriorating health. Whilst still studying, he began to lose the ability to walk as well as the ability to speak before being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and given a two-year expect survival rate. As to be expected from one of the world's most accomplished scientists, he defied the odds and embarked on a long and fulfilling life that lasts to this day - with just a little help from the love of his youth Jane Wilde, who encouraged him to carry on speaking with the help of his trademark speech generating device.
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What can we expect from this exploration into the life of brilliant physicist, Stephen Hawking?
The first still from the forthcoming British biopic, The Theory of Everything, based on the life of brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, has been released ahead of the film’s trailer premiere due out tomorrow (6 August). Showing its two stars, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, the still captures a tender moment between Hawking and his first wife, Jane.
The first still has been released of the Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything
Due to make its debut as Focus Features’ frontrunner at the Toronto International Film Festival in September this year, The Theory of Everything charts the life of a young Hawking as he begins his epic journey of discoveries within the world of physics. The film follows Hawking as a young man who enters into a relationship with Cambridge student Jane Wilde shortly before his heart-breaking motor neuron disease diagnosis at 21.
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