The Current War is a stylised historical drama, with a well-flowing narrative supported by gorgeous cinematography and a rousing score. While its sheds some light on the late 19th century battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to control the power grid, the film offers more than that – it is an inspirational tale about the wonder of the invention and is distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd. It will be released nationwide on Friday, 26 July 2019.
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, The Current War stars
Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor who, backed by JP Morgan (Matthew Macfadyen), is on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan with his radical new direct current (DC) technology.
Fuelled by the intense rivalry between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, this film tells the epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world.
On the eve of triumph, Thomas Edison’s plans are upended by the charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) who, aided by the legendary genius and scientific maverick Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) – here just a young upstart – has discovered fatal flaws in Edison’s DC design. Igniting a war of currents, Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on a risky and dangerous idea for how to rapidly electrify America: with alternating current (AC).
Hostilities boil and lives are lost as the rivalry plays out on a thrilling, world-changing scale. As Edison and Westinghouse vie for the right to power the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, they spark one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in American history, establishing for future Titans of Industry the need to break all the rules.
Screening at select cinema’s nationwide – find out more here…