Director: Stephen Finnigan
Running time: 94 mins Released: 20th September 2013
Web site: vertigofilms.com
The extraordinary story of the planet's most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with unique access to Hawking's private life, this is an intimate and moving journey into Stephen's world, both past and present. An iconic figure today, Hawking was once a boyhood under-achiever with a fondness for lively discussion. His nickname was Einstein among friends but his teachers despaired of his lack of commitment. After studying physics and chemistry at Oxford in the '60s, Hawking found a passion for cosmology. As he embarked upon his studies for a PhD he was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease and given just two years to live. Despite his declining health, Hawking went on to write several bestselling books on black holes and the Big Bang theory and still lectures today.