Tuesday, 11 December 2018

The theory behind the science of love

THE remarkable life of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking is brought to the big screen this week.

THE remarkable life of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking is brought to the big screen this week.

The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, is not simply a biopic charting the scientist’s groundbreaking academic achievements, but also a love story focusing on his relationship with wife Jane, whom he met at Cambridge University.

While many will recognise Hawking, few will know the extent of the emotional journey he took with his wife to overcome his physical condition and become the world-class intellect that the world reveres.

Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis in 1963 at the age of just 21.

He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease which doctors told him would affect his limbs and his abilities, leaving him with limited speech and movement, and would take his life within two years.

At the same time, Hawking met literature student Jane Wilde and the couple married. With his new wife fighting tirelessly by his side, he refused to accept his diagnosis. Jane encouraged her husband to finish his doctorate, which included his initial theory of the creation of the universe.

They started a family, and with his newly earned and widely hailed doctorate Hawking embarked on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now had precious little of — time.

Together, they defied impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh.

It gives Redmayne, who delivers a powerful and convincing performance, an opportunity to demonstrate his range of acting ability and talent.

Capturing Hawking, from his athletic youth to his later condition, was a profound feat of physical transformation showing his decline and the impact on his body.

The Theory of Everything will be shown at The Regal Picturehouse, Henley from New Year’s Day.

Film: The Theory of Everything

Certificate: (12A)

Director: James Marsh

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Charlie Cox

Also showing this week:

• Exodus: Gods and kings (12A)

• Big Eyes (12A)

• Paddington (PG)

• The Imitation Game (12A)

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