The Fifth Estate

October 18th 2013
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 124 min,
  • Touchstone Pictures
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl , Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Alicia Vikander, Carice van Houten, Peter Capaldi, Laura Linney, David Thewlis, Dan Stevens, Moritz Bleibtreu, Jamie Blackley, Hera Hilmar, Jeany Spark, Michael Jibson, Lydia Leonard, Anatole Taubman, Michael Culkin, Alexander Beyer, John Schwab, Ben Turner, Christian Contreras, Pascaline Crêvecoeur, Chris McKinney, Yuval David, Amir Boutrous, Lisa Kreuzer, Eben Young, Ben Rook, Amr El-Bayoumi, Franziska Walser
  • Director: Bill Condon
  • Writers: Josh Singer, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, David Leigh, Luke Harding
  • Producers: Bard Dorros, Steve Golin, Michael Sugar
  • Co Producers: Hilde De Laere, Emmeline Yang, Greg Yolen
  • Executive Producers: Paul Green, Jonathan King, Richard Sharkey, Jeff Skoll
  • Art Direction: Denis Schnegg
  • Casting: Lucy Bevan
  • Costume Design: Shay Cunliffe
  • D.O.P.: Tobias A. Schliessler
  • Editor: Virginia Katz
  • Makeup: Dana Kalder
  • Music: Carter Burwell
  • Production Design: Mark Tildesley
  • Set Decoration: Véronique Melery


The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful.

On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations combined.

However, when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society-and what are the costs of exposing them?

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Antwerp, Belgium; Berlin, Germany; Brussels, Belgium
  • MPAA Warning: Language and some violence
  • Production Companies: DreamWorks SKG, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Anonymous Content, FBO, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: 17 January 2013 - 28 March 2013

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2013 Guide Analysis: "Having delivered the best entries in "The Twilight Saga," filmmaker Bill Condon turns to a potential Oscar-calibre true story tale with this look at Australian journalist and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. At one time over a half-dozen Assange movies were in the works, but this looks to be the first of the non-documentaries to get out of the gate and onto screens.

This particular one is primarily based on Daniel Domscheit-Berg's "Inside Wikileaks". Domscheit-Berg was a German tech guru, Assange's former 'Number Two' at the organisation, and the official spokesperson for Wikileaks. He defected because he wanted to apply journalistic discretion and integrity in the dispersal of secret government documents, whereas Assange wanted to publish everything. His split from Assange was credited as being one of the events leading to the massive diplomatic cable leak in September 2011 and Assange’s eventual downfall.

Condon and his team were very interactive and extremely forthcoming with the Twihard fan base. Here, he faces a smaller, but even more fanatical and dedicated group that puts the likes of the Browncoats and Team Jacob to shame - the Cumberbitches. Potentially rivalled only by the ground forces of the Armitage Army and the air power of the Hiddlestoners, actor Benedict Cumberbatch should see his devoted fan base dramatically increase this year as he has key roles in two blockbuster sequels ("Star Trek," "The Hobbit"), and two other award hopefuls ("August: Osage County," "Twelve Years a Slave").

If this is completed and out in time for contention though, this might be the one that will likely serve as the 'Best Actor' push for the "Sherlock" star (though Harvey does love his "August: Osage County"). It'll be fascinating to see what he can bring to the Assange story, and what kind of performance Condon can draw out of him. The delectable James McAvoy will sadly not be joining the film as Domscheit-Berg as originally planned, but Condon has managed to score impressive "Inglorious Basterds" actor Daniel Bruhl in the role.

Elements from the book "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy" by The Guardian reporters David Leigh and Luke Harding are also being employed, which means this should cover quite a lot of ground in regard to the case. Prep for the movie is in full swing with shooting aiming to begin in Europe in the Spring (there's suggestion it could be as early as this month). With Condon's pedigree and quality of work on such acclaimed titles as "Kinsey," "Dreamgirls" and "Gods and Monsters," this is very much a film to get excited about."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 11 October 2013: Sweden, UK
  • 17 October 2013: Portugal
  • 24 October 2013: Czech Republic
  • 25 October 2013: Finland, Spain
  • 31 October 2013: Germany
  • 1 November 2013: Norway
  • 7 November 2013: Australia
  • 14 November 2013: Argentina, Singapore
  • 21 November 2013: Belgium
  • 28 November 2013: Denmark
  • 4 December 2013: France
  • 19 December 2013: Netherlands