Steve Jobs to close BFI London Film Festival
Danny Boyle’s biopic of the late Apple guru will have its European premiere at the festival
The closing night film for this year’s BFI London Film Festival will be Steve Jobs, a biopic of the late tech pioneer who died in 2011.
The film is directed by Danny Boyle, whose films Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours have closed previous BFI Film Festivals in 2008 and 2010 respectively. It was written by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) and stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs alongside Kate Winslet as Jobs' colleague Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, the former president of Pepsi-Cola who became Apple CEO in 1983.
The narrative is centred on the years 1984–1998, which take in three important Jobs product launches – the Macintosh (1984), the NeXT Computer (1988) and the iMac (1998), and weaves a portrait of Jobs leading this revolution with an exploration of the products he was responsible for.
Director Danny Boyle says: ‘If London was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, then San Francisco is the Bethlehem of the digital one. We had a brilliant time making this movie in Silicon Valley and I hope Londoners will enjoy a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the modern world.’
The BFI London Film Festival is now in its 59th year and runs from Wed 7 Oct–Sun 18 Oct. The full programme is announced on Tue 1 Sep.