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Saturday 11 April at 8:00 pm in the Templar Arts & Leisure Centre
(doors open 7:30pm for complimentary refreshments )

The Imitation Game  (2014)

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

Cert: 12, 114 mins

Synopsis

Mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) joined Bletchley Park the day after war was declared in September 1939.  Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, “The Imitation Game”  follows a genius who, under nail-biting pressure and total secrecy, helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.

Much of Bletchley’s equipment and documents were destroyed at the end of the war, and the secrecy imposed on its staff remained in force.  In 1952, the authorities entered Turin’s home to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offence of homosexuality.  Little did the arresting officers know they were actually dealing with an unsung war hero and the pioneer of modern-day computing.

It was only with the publication of F. W. Winterbotham’s “The Ultra Secret” in 1974 that public discussion of Bletchley’s work finally became possible.

Reviews

…from The Independent

star_5
“‘Benedict Cumberbatch gives Oscar worthy performance.'”
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…from Rotten Tomatoes

 “With an outstanding starring performance from Benedict Cumberbatch illuminating its fact-based story, The Imitation Game serves as an eminently well-made entry in the “prestige biopic” genre..”

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