Alan Turing biopic wins top prize at Toronto Film Festival

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 15 September 2014
  • Copyright: By Alan_Turing.jpg: Jon Callas from San Jose, USA derivative work: OS (Alan_Turing.jpg) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Imitation Game, the biopic of groundbreaking mathematician Alan Turing, directed by Morten Tyldum and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke, has won the Grolsch People's Prize at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.

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Turing led the code-breakers at Bletchley Park during World War II to break the codes of the Enigma machines. Without his work, the War would have undoubtedly lasted longer and historians have even suggested that its conclusion could have been a nuclear bomb being dropped on Berlin as well as Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Turing was never acknowledged in his lifetime for his contribution as the work carried out at Bletchley Park was kept secret until 1974. Turing was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 after admitting to a relationship with another man. He died two years later, apparently after eating an apple laced with cyanide.

Three of the past six People's Choice Award winners have gone on to win the Oscar for best picture, including The King's Speech, Slumdog Millionaire and 12 Years a Slave.

The Imitation Game is set to open the 58th BFI London Film Festival, which runs from 8 to 19 October. The film opens in UK cinemas on 14 November.

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