Photographer: Jamie Stoker
Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/third-star-photos/
What struck me most was that Benedict in real life is full of life and energy and looks healthy. In Third Star, he looks so thin and frail and ethereal and vulnerable and - quite literally - as though he is at death's door. His performance in the film is - as expected - heart-breaking. He really conveys the anger and frustration and sadness of someone who has unexpectedly - against their will and hope - run out of time. The film is sold as being about male friendship and terminal cancer, which it is, but it is also about something else which I won't reveal as that would be a major spoiler! Anyway, I thought the film was excellent as it looks at a range of serious subjects in a thought-provoking way. I know the film has had mixed reviews, including on The Review Show, but I would highly recommend it (no surprise there then!).
This is a link to a review I like by Kate Muir in The Times:
And a short but pithy review from my favourite paper for Arts coverage The Telegraph: