Kate Winslet and Michael Fassbender close festival with Steve Jobs biopic


Kate Winslet and Michael Fassbender will close the BFI London Film Festival tonight with their new film, Steve Jobs.

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle will join the stars of the biopic about the late Apple co-founder, which features X-Men actor Fassbender in the leading role.

It is Boyle's third film to bring the curtain down on the festival, following Slumdog Millionaire in 2008 and 127 Hours in 2010.

The Lancashire-born film-maker said: "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."

Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg and Katherine Waterston will also attend the red carpet premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, along with the film's screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

Winslet, who won an Oscar for her performance in The Reader, portrays Jobs's colleague Joanna Hoffman, a member of the original Mac team and the NeXT team.

Daniels is cast as former CEO of Apple John Sculley, with Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Mac team.

Waterston plays Jobs's ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan, who is also the mother of his first child, Lisa Brennan-Jobs.

The film, based on Walter Isaacson's biography about the technology innovator as well as on interviews conducted by Sorkin, spans a period of 14 years between 1984 and 1998, focusing on three major launches - the Macintosh in 1984, the NeXT Cube in 1988 and the iMac in 1998.

Jobs died in October 2011 aged 56.

The BFI London Film Festival opened with Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan, on October 7, when protesters stormed the red carpet.

Other films screened at this year's event include Trumbo, with Dame Helen Mirren and Bryan Cranston, High-Rise, featuring Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Elisabeth Moss, and Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch, who all graced the red carpet.