Previewing 'The Fifth Estate'

The latest KCET Cinema Series selection is "The Fifth Estate," a thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks' Julian Assange. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful.

"The Fifth Estate" Screening Info:

Date/Time:

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2013
    7:00 PM

Guest:

  • Screenwriter Josh Singer

Location:

  • Aero Theatre
    1328 Montana Ave
    Santa Monica, CA 90403


Please call (747) 201-5800 for reservations.

The synopsis:
In a dramatic thriller based on real events, DreamWorks Pictures' "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 an online platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes.

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Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations. But when Assange and Domscheit-Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they find themselves at odds as they struggle with 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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