A quick history lesson: Alan Turing was a British mathematician, computer scientist and an ultra distance runner who was instrumental in cracking the German Enigma machine during WWII, a breakthrough that led to the Allies deciphering German coded messages and helping to win the war. Churchill himself said that Turning made the single biggest contribution to the Allied victory.
However, post war Turing was prosecuted for homosexuality and subjected to a number of “special treatments” in an attempt to “cure” him. He died by cyanide poisoning in 1954 in what is believed to be a suicide. It wasn’t until 2009 – 55 years later – that the British government apologised for their treatment of Turing, with the Queen granting him a posthumous pardon on Christmas Eve 2013.
Now biopic The Imitation Game is set to shine a light on the mathematician, with Benedict Cumberbatch adopting his best received pronunciation to take on the role. Directed by Headhunters’ Morten Tyldum, the film seems to have rounded up the cream of British acting talent, with Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Tuppence Middleton and Game Of Thrones’ Charles Dance on board.
From the trailer the film looks set to be a cross between A Beautiful Mind and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, with more than a hint of an Oscar nomination for Cumberbatch.
The Imitation Game is released on November 14
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