BFI London Film Festival plays The Imitation Game
by Naman Ramachandran
- Alan Turing biopic stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley
The Imitation Game, by Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum (Headhunters [+see also:
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The screenplay by Graham Moore, based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges, is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, the pioneer of modern-day computing who is credited with cracking the German Enigma code, and the film is a nail-biting race against time by Turing and his team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.
Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwarzman produces alongside Bristol Automotive’s Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky, with Moore as executive producer and Peter Heslop (The King’s Speech [+see also:
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Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival director, said, “Featuring extraordinary performances from the British talent in front of the camera and vividly directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game does cinematic justice to Alan Turing’s vision, determination and personal story as well as his enduring impact on British history and contemporary life.”
Tyldum said, “The experience of directing this film has been so tremendously rewarding, and I am humbled to share Alan Turing’s incredible story on Opening Night.”