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Steve Jobs to close 59th BFI London Film Festival

Steve Jobs

Story by Jack Foley

DANNY Boyle’s Steve Jobs is to close the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® .

Working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography, the film is directed by Academy Award winner Boyle and written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin.

The story takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to create a revealing portrait of the man at its epicentre.

Steve Jobs stars Michael Fassbender in the title role, Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Katherine Waterston.

Boyle, Fassbender and Winslet will attend the Closing Night Gala, which marks the film’s European Premiere, on Sunday, October 18 at the Odeon Leicester Square.

Steve Jobs is the third film directed by Boyle to close the BFI London Film Festival, following Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and 127 Hours (2010).

Spanning a period of 14 years between 1984 and 1998 the story is built around three seminal product launches – of the Macintosh in 1984, the NeXT ‘Cube’ in 1988 and the iMac in 1998 – and it uses this innovative structure to create a cross-hatched portrait of Jobs’ life and to tell the story of the new mass-market technologies that have revolutionised how we communicate with one another.

Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, commented: “We are thrilled to announce that Steve Jobs will be this year’s BFI London Film Festival Closing Night gala. Danny Boyle has created an exhilarating and audacious film starring Michael Fassbender as the complex, charismatic digital pioneer.”

Boyle added: “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. It’s always special to bring work home so thanks to BFI London Film Festival for their continued support.”

In addition to Fassbender and Winslet, the film stars Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, the former Apple CEO.

The principal cast also includes Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.

Universal Pictures release Steve Jobs in cinemas across UK and Eire on November 13, 2015.

The 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® runs from Wednesday, October 7 to Sunday, October 18, 2015. The full programme for the Festival will be announced on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

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