14 October 2010

After months of hype and speculation, The Social Network hits FACT tomorrow. Billed as a story about the founders of the social-networking website Facebook, the film offers an insight into the birth of one of the world's biggest websites.

Created in a Harvard University dorm room and launched in 2004, Facebook has grown rapidly into a global phenomenon and is now used by over 500 people worldwide. 

Directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and written by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, A Few Good Men) the film focuses on founder Mark Zuckerberg and his friends. It's less than flattering portrayal of the young entrepreneurs has received criticism for its use of 'artistic license' and lead to a debate over what truth there in the characterisations.

Despite the controversy, the film has achieved widespread critical acclaim and rumours of an Oscar nomination. 

Click here to buy your tickets and see what all the fuss is about


If you fancy a bit of background reading, here's a few interesting articles that set out the debate around the film. 

Telegraph - The Social Network is wrong about Mark Zuckerberg's motives. 

Guardian - So what if it's made up? 

PC Pro - What The Social Network gets wrong.

Independent - Who is winning the Mark Zuckerberg PR battle? 

New York magazine - Is Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network the Scathing Portrait of Mark Zuckerberg that Facebook fears?