THE FIFTH ESTATE Featurette Explains the Film’s Title, Comments on the Information Age and Distances Itself from WikiLeaks Scandal Documentaries

     September 5, 2013


Now playing at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate has released a new featurette to appease those of us not lucky enough to be at the screening.  This behind-the-scenes look explains the meaning behind the title and features Condon along with stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl and more discussing the hazards of the information age.  There’s also an attempt to praise documentaries on the WikiLeaks scandal while distancing this film from them, claiming a balanced approach to telling the complicated story.

The film also stars Laura LinneyStanley TucciAnthony MackieDavid ThewlisPeter CapaldiDan StevensAlicia Vikander, and Carice van Houten.  The Fifth Estate opens in theaters on October 18th.  Hit the jump to watch the featurette.

Watch the new featurette for The Fifth Estate below:

Here’s the official synopsis for The Fifth Estate:

Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, “The Fifth Estate” reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. 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 whistleblowers 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. But 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?”


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