... and four other things you need to know about this week, including Bryan Adams' war photography, some Bloody good Royal artwork and the video games comp to end them allMore
Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch broke a thousand weird-cat-ladies’ hearts last week when he announced his engagement to theatre director Sophie Hunter in the small ads of The Times, but in The Imitation Game, a new biopic of computer pioneer and Enigma-code breaker Alan Turing which comes out on Friday, even glamorous co-star Keira Knightley doesn’t stand a chance. Directed by Morten Tyldum from a screenplay by Graham Moore, the film plots Turing’s life from boarding school misery through Nazi-defeating triumph, and back again to misery when he was convicted of the then-crime of “gross indecency” for homosexual acts and died from drink cyanide shortly before his 42nd birthday. Which, on reflection, makes our Keira Knightley headline look pretty crass. Soz (but we had to get the weird cat ladies’ attention somehow).
We plan to make it through this whole entry relating to the latest photography work of Canadian rock star Bryan Adams without a single sly reference to any of his Nineties chart hits; which should be easier than normal given that his new project is a very worthy one. Wounded: The Legacy of War is a series of portraits of 40 men and women from the British armed forces who have been disfigured or disabled during their participation in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The photographs will feature in an exhibition that opens at Somerset House in London on Wednesday, and also in a new book published on Tuesday, which also features interviews with the subjects. The proceeds from the book sales will be going to five charities who help ex-servicemen and children affected by war. So no joking matter.
The exhibition Wounded: The Legacy of War runs from 12 November to 25 January. The book is out on 11 November (Steidl)