Sparks fly when Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones, The Invisible Woman) and Stephen Hawking meet while studying at Cambridge. Wilde is a literature undergraduate and Hawking is undertaking a PhD in physics. “Science”, Hawking introduces himself; “Arts” replies Jane. They’re young, gifted, in love and have every reason to feel optimistic about the future.
Then, at only twenty-one years of age, Hawking is dealt a cruel blow when he is diagnosed with motor neuron disease. Despite the defeatism of Hawking’s own family members, Jane re-commits herself to Hawking and their future together with intractable belief. An ironic footnote to their extraordinary history as a couple is that Jane’s faith – the self-professed source of her strength through all the difficult, demanding years with Hawking – set her increasingly at odds with her famously atheist husband.
"A film of scrupulous ethics and fresh-scrubbed compassion…handles its emotions with the same careful consideration as its maths. [Eddie] Redmayne towers [in] an astonishing, genuinely visceral performance… It manages that rare thing in any movie and that is a realistic relationship, with grace notes and a bedrock of respect and affection. [Felicity] Jones makes for a formidable opposite number; she's a consistently brilliant actor." - The Guardian
The Theory of Everything
12 Sep - 22 Sep
Accomplished documentarian James Marsh (Man on Wire, Project Nim) extends his range as a filmmaker with a tremendously moving biographical drama based on the life of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), adapted from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking.