Alan Turing biopic to open London Film Festival

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 23 July 2014
  • Copyright: Photograph appears courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Alan Turing biopic, ‘The Imitation Game’ is set to open the 58th London Film Festival. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, and Keira Knightly as Joan Clarke, his friend and fellow code-breaker, the film is based on the biography, ‘Alan Turing: The Enigma’ by Andrew Hodges.

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Andrew Pulver of The Guardian writes “the film is expected to help elevate even further the reputation of the pioneering British scientist, whose work was crucial to cracking German cypher codes during the second world war”.

Turing led the code-breakers at Bletchley Park, but was never acknowledged during his lifetime for his contribution as the work carried out was kept secret until 1974. Turing killed himself in 1954; he had been convicted of gross indecency in 1952 after admitting to a relationship with another man. A statement of apology was released on behalf of the British government in 2009 for the “appalling” treatment Turing received.

The London Film Festival screening is being billed as the European premiere. The film is also set to be premiered in Canada during September's Toronto Film Festival though there are rumours that the first North American showing will be at Telluride.

The London Film Festival takes place from 8 to 19 October 2014.

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