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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Fifth Estate can be found here.
Though unconfirmed by the studio, it is thought that the title of the film pertains to the alternative media which consists of online journalists and bloggers who present themselves as an alternative to the mainstream press (the fourth estate).
The film is based on the two books "Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the Worlds Most Dangerous Website", as well as "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assanges War on Secrecy", both of which are critical of WikiLeaks and especially critical of Julian Assange. Assange himself stated that it is a "serious propaganda attack on WikiLeaks and the integrity of its staff, a 'lie built upon a lie' "; and as "fanning the flames for war on Iran" after reading an old copy of the script. Though Assange said that the film is a "hostile work", he also claimed that Cumberbatch who plays him in the film is "personally supportive" of the organization. Birgitta Jonsdottir, who was once a part of Wikileaks and was consulted by the film producers stated that "the Iran scene has been written out, plus the name has been changed". Jonsdottir also tweeted that Assange does not possess the latest version of the script. Bill Condon, the director stated that ''It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how its revolutionized the spread of information. So this film wont claim any long view authority on its subject, or attempt any final judgment. We want to explore the complexities and challenges of transparency in the information age and, we hope, enliven and enrich the conversations WikiLeaks has already provoked.'' Benedict Cumberbatch who portrays the Wikileaks founder stated that, "No matter how you cut it, he's done us a massive service, to wake us up to the zombie-like way we absorb our news".
Bill Condon, the director said that "it has to do with the idea of citizen journalism, the great wild west of the Internet. It's a true revolution that we're just coming to terms with."
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