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WikiLeaks movie kicks off Toronto film festival

Friday, September 06, 2013 - 01:30

Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl unveil the movie based on the rise to prominence of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Rollo Ross reports.

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The 38th Toronto Film Festival was kicked off on September 5th by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, whose star continues to be on the rise. (SOUNDBITE) Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (English), saying: "To be playing the lead role in the opening gala film of the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, it's really, really exciting." That opening film is "The Fifth Estate", about the largest leak of official secrets in American history and the rise to prominence of anti-secrecy website Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange. The movie is based on the memoirs of Assange's former trusted companion Daniel Domscheit-Berg, played in the movie by German star Daniel Bruhl. (SOUNDBITE) actor Daniel Bruhl (English), saying: "It invites and encourages the spectator to seek for the truth oneself and to be more interested in this subject and to have a political conscience. I think that's very important that people are aware of the things that are going on right now. Especially now with Snowden and Bradley Manning." Assange himself has condemned the film publicly after seeing a copy of the script. "The Fifth Estate" hits cinemas internationally in October.

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WikiLeaks movie kicks off Toronto film festival

Friday, September 06, 2013 - 01:30