New film explores the history of the Oxford English Dictionary
Based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Simon Winchester, The Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary true tale of madness, genius and obsession following two remarkable men who created history with the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary. Thanks to Transmission Films for providing tickets for this competition. The competition has now closed.
The compilation of the dictionary began in 1857 and was one of the most ambitious and revolutionary projects ever undertaken. Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson) lead the challenge but knew it would take him and his team over a century to compile all known definitions. However, by ‘crowd sourcing’ the work and enlisting definitions from people all over the world, the dictionary could be compiled in mere decades.
As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee led by Professor Murray discovered that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor (Sean Penn), had submitted more than 10,000 words. When the committee insisted on honouring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was a convicted murderer and being held at an asylum for the criminally insane.
Thanks to Transmission Films for providing tickets for this competition. The competition has now closed.