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  • 2013
  • UK
  • 86 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Stephen Finnigan
  • Written by: Ben Bowie, Stephen Finnigan
  • Cast: Nathan Chapple, Martin King, Joe Lovell
  • UK release: 20 September 2013

Documentary on the extraordinary life and times of Professor Stephen Hawking, told in his own words.

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The struggles and the glories of a hero of science.

Stephen Hawking, the world’s most famous living scientist, tells his own life story in his own words. Given unprecedented personal access to the physicist, filmmaker Stephen Finnigan delves into memories of Hawking’s student days, recounts his astonishing scientific discoveries, and portrays his struggle against Motor Neurone Disease, with which Hawking, now 71, was first diagnosed at age 21. An intimate and inspiring portrait of a remarkable man.

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