The Fifth Estate (2013)

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  • IMDb page: The Fifth Estate (2013)
  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 4,419 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 18 October 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 128 min
  • Filming Location: Hoeilaart, Belgium
  • Budget: $28,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $3,240,547 (USA) (15 November 2013)
  • Director: Bill Condon
  • Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Carice van Houten | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Carter Burwell   
  • Soundtrack: Come Catch Me
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Wikileaks | Internet | Borderline Personality Disorder | Journalism | Box Office Flop

Writing Credits By:

  • Daniel Domscheit-Berg  book "Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website" and
  • David Leigh  book "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy" and
  • Luke Harding  book "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy"
  • Josh Singer (adaptation)

Known Trivia

  • The character “Ziggy” is based on the WikiLeaks Volunteer Sigurdur Thordarson that later turned out to be an FBI Informant. 9 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • On September 18 2013, Wikileaks released a mature version of the complete script to the public, because “the film is, from WikiLeaks’ perspective, irresponsible, counterproductive and harmful.” They also published a “Talking Points” memo “because it represents a frank internal appraisal of [the film] and what is wrong with it.” 8 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Julian Assange emailed Benedict Cumberbatch to ask him to not to participate in the film. 10 of 12 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • James McAvoy was cast as Daniel Domscheit-Berg but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts his stage play, Macbeth. Daniel Brühl replaced him. 4 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • On July 2012 it was reported that Jeremy Renner was very keen on playing Julian Assange. However, it was announced on October the same year that Benedict Cumberbatch has landed the lead. 1 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Joel Kinnaman auditioned for the role of Daniel Domscheit-Berg. 0 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: A dramatic thriller based on real events that 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. Full summary » |  »

Story: 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 a platform that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and 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? Written byDreamWorks Pictures

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Produced By:

  • Hilde De Laere known as co-producer
  • Steve Golin known as producer
  • Paul Green known as executive producer
  • Jonathan King known as executive producer
  • Mathias Schwerbrock known as line producer: Germany
  • Richard Sharkey known as executive producer
  • Jeff Skoll known as executive producer
  • Michael Sugar known as producer
  • Emmeline Yang known as co-producer
  • Greg Yolen known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Peter Capaldi known as Alan Rusbridger
  • David Thewlis known as Nick Davies
  • Anatole Taubman known as Holger Stark
  • Alexander Beyer known as Marcel Rosenbach
  • Philip Bretherton known as Bill Keller
  • Dan Stevens known as Ian Katz
  • Daniel Brühl known as Daniel Berg
  • Benedict Cumberbatch known as Julian Assange
  • Jamie Blackley known as Ziggy
  • Ludger Pistor known as Supervisor
  • Alicia Vikander known as Anke Domscheit
  • Michael Kranz known as Otto
  • Christin Nichols known as Otto's Girlfriend
  • Christoph Franken known as Game Console Hacker
  • Ben Rook known as Young Julian
  • Lucinda Raikes known as Julian's Mother
  • Marleen Lohse known as Tacheles Waitress
  • Sylvia Rohrer known as Zilke's Assistant
  • Michael Culkin known as Ralph Zilke
  • Axel Milberg known as Hans
  • Joseph Kintua Muriuki known as John Paul Oulu
  • Peter King Nzioki known as Oscar Kamau Kingara (as Peter King Nzioki Mwania)
  • Lukas Piloty known as German Reporter
  • Thomas Ancora known as French Reporter
  • Phil Kaiser known as Rental Agent
  • Moritz Bleibtreu known as Marcus
  • Carice van Houten known as Birgitta Jónsdóttir
  • Jeany Spark known as Wired Reporter
  • Laura Linney known as Sarah Shaw
  • Anthony Mackie known as Sam Coulson
  • John Schwab known as White House Staffer
  • Stanley Tucci known as James Boswell
  • Lisa Kreuzer known as East Berlin Woman
  • Philipp Langenegger known as Der Spiegel Reporter
  • Cornelia Ivancan known as WikiLeaks Fan #1
  • Martin Glade known as WikiLeaks Fan #2
  • Franziska Walser known as Daniel's Mother
  • Edgar Selge known as Daniel's Father
  • Alexander Siddig known as Dr. Tarek Haliseh
  • Michael Jibson known as Irritated Reporter
  • Lydia Leonard known as Alex Lang
  • William French known as Aide
  • Darren Evans known as Private Manning
  • Kyle Soller known as Young Staffer
  • Nigel Whitmey known as General Thomason
  • Sonya Cassidy known as Alan's Secretary
  • Chris McKinney known as Times Reporter
  • John Moraitis known as Bearded Times Reporter
  • Christian Contreras known as Times War Correspondent
  • Camilla Rutherford known as Guardian Lawyer
  • Milena Karas known as Der Spiegel Reporter #1
  • Birger Frehse known as Der Spiegel Reporter #2
  • Eben Young known as Diplomat #1
  • Avye Leventis known as Diplomat #2
  • Rachel Handshaw known as State Department Staffer #1
  • Guy Paul known as State Department Staffer #2
  • Simon Connolly known as State Department Staffer #3
  • Amr El-Bayoumi known as General
  • Amir Boutrous known as Mutassim Al-Gaddafi
  • Mimi Ferrer known as Shida Haliseh
  • Fares Ahmed Alahmadi known as Driver
  • Wilfred Maina known as Man on Phone
  • Mounir Margoum known as Border Guard
  • Gudmundur Thorvaldsson known as WikiLeaks Staffer #1
  • Hera Hilmar known as Wikileaks Staffer #2
  • Xenia Assenza known as Pretty Girl
  • CinSyla Key known as The airplane passenger
  • David Akinloye known as Airline Passenger (uncredited)
  • Pascaline Crêvecoeur known as Bar's woman (uncredited)
  • Yuval David known as Broadcast Journalist (uncredited)
  • Meister Devgan known as Hacker (uncredited)
  • Bjarni Gautur known as Icelandic Protester (uncredited)
  • Egor Savin known as Komparse (uncredited)
  • Kristján Sævald known as Icelandic Man (uncredited)
  • Sean Talo known as Floormanager (uncredited)
  • Ben Turner known as New York Times Reporter (uncredited)
  • Ahmad Zarabi known as Indian Journalist (uncredited)

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  • Phoebe Dawson known as makeup artist
  • Richard Glass known as contact lens optician
  • Angie Johnson known as additional make up artist: second unit
  • Alexandra Joyce known as hair stylist: dailies
  • Alexandra Joyce known as makeup artist: dailies
  • Dana Kalder known as daily makeup
  • Chris Lyons known as special effects teeth
  • Mareike Mohmand known as additional makeup artist: Berlin
  • Rocco Rimez known as additional makeup artist: Berlin
  • Annett Schulze known as makeup artist: Germany
  • Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore known as contact lens coordinator
  • Áslaug Dröfn Sigurdardóttir known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Alex Baily known as draughtsman
  • Stefan Pepe Baumgärtner known as stand-by prop: Berlin
  • Indra Besing known as set dresser: Berlin
  • Gilles Bolland known as prop maker
  • Jennifer Chabaudie known as assistant prop buyer
  • Pascal Degrune known as storyboard artist
  • Anita Dhillon known as graphic designer
  • Friederike Gast known as assistant art director: Berlin
  • Thabo Grobbelar known as action vehicles (Kenya)
  • Marita Götz known as assistant set decorator: Berlin
  • Kathy Heaser known as graphic artist
  • Manuel Hess known as set dresser: Berlin
  • Claudia Kiefer known as set dresser: Berlin
  • Lily Kiera known as set dresser: Berlin
  • Frank Noack known as set dresser: Berlin
  • Anika Reichenbach known as additional stand-by props: Berlin
  • Ewan Robertson known as property master
  • Niels Sabbe known as assistant art director
  • Sabine Schaaf known as set decorator: Germany
  • Solveigh Sprengel known as set dresser: Berlin
  • Chris Tooth known as graphic artist
  • Ingo von Heland known as set dresser: Berlin


Production Companies:

  • DreamWorks SKG (as Dreamworks Pictures) (presents)
  • Reliance Entertainment (presents)
  • Participant Media (in association with)
  • Anonymous Content
  • FBO
  • Reliance Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • AIRWare Technology  data delivery
  • Agentur Filmgesichter  extras casting: Germany
  • BlocSec  security services
  • Car Motion Service (CMS)  transportation
  • Cinecascade  vehicle stunts
  • Codex Digital  digital recording equipment
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • Compuhire  computer playback
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • DreamWorks SKG  funding
  • Dynamic International Freight Services  freight forwarders
  • FTA Film und Theaterausstatung  furniture and props
  • Fireset  fire safety
  • Hero Cars Berlin  cars: BMW, Audi, Golf, Mercedes
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • Lites  camera equipment
  • Lites  lighting equipment and generators
  • Mecon Media Concept  extras payroll
  • Medical Movie Service  set medic
  • Novos Media – Medien und Filmservice  transportation
  • Participant Media  funding
  • Prologue Films  titles
  • Sky Media Travel  travel agent
  • Spreekulissen Nicolaus Wallner  set decoration
  • Star's Dinner Express  catering: Berlin
  • Studio Babelsberg  production services: Germany
  • Wellenstein Zeitgenössische Kostüme  costume rental


  • Bontonfilm (2013) (Czech Republic) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Constantin Film (2013) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2013) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One (2013) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2013) (France) (theatrical)
  • Touchstone Pictures (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2013) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR) (2013) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Reliance Entertainment (2013) (India) (all media)
  • TriPictures (2013) (Spain) (all media)
  • Zon Audiovisuais (2013) (Portugal) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Arcadia SFX
  • Blind (computer graphics)
  • Method Design (montage design)
  • uFX (on-set VFX Supervision)

Visual Effects by:

  • Sean Araki known as senior systems engineer: Brainstorm Digital
  • John Bair known as visual effects supervisor: Phosphene
  • Renuka Ballal known as visual effects producer: Phosphene
  • Brian Scott Benson known as visual effects artist
  • Andrew Booth known as computer graphics supervisor: Blind Ltd London
  • Jonathan Cheetham known as on-set visual effects supervisor: uFX
  • Mina Choe known as digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital
  • Bert Deruyck known as on-set visual effects: uFX
  • Luciano DiGeronimo known as digital compositor
  • Eran Dinour known as visual effects supervisor: Brainstorm Digital
  • Matthew Friedlander known as compositor
  • Gozde Basak Geckinli known as digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital
  • John B. Gray known as digital compositor
  • Jihyae Ham known as digital compositor
  • Clare Heneghan known as visual effects producer: uFX
  • Mike Hollingshead known as reference photographer
  • Scott McLain known as flame / inferno artist: opening sequence
  • Vance Miller known as lead cg artist
  • Yunsik Noh known as digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital
  • Eddie Porter known as lead digital artist: Phosphene
  • Ryan Robertson known as visual effects producer
  • Adam Rothstein known as digital compositor
  • Ian Sargent known as screen graphics designer
  • Bruno Sommier known as on-set visual effects: uFX
  • Jesse Speer known as digital compositor
  • Mani Trump known as lead compositor
  • Rama Trump known as digital compositor
  • Scott Winston known as digital compositor
  • Caius Wong known as cg artist
  • Shaun Yue known as screen graphics designer
  • Nora Berecoechea known as business executive: uFX (uncredited)
  • Marc Henry de Frahan known as general manager: uFX (uncredited)
  • Francesco Rossi known as on-set visual effects: uFX (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated R for language and some violence


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