The Imitation Game

Date: 31/03/2015 Times: 7:30 pm


This film was showered with nominations for all the top prizes in the film world but ended up with just one Oscar, for Best Adapted Screenplay.  It combines the genuinely thrilling story of the breaking of the German code by the brilliant minds at Bletchley Park, most notably that of Alan Turing, and the more tragic story of his later arrest, chemical castration and suicide following the discovery of his homosexuality by the authorities.  Turing died in 1954 and was finally given a Royal Pardon in 2013, having been acknowledged as a genius and the father of the computer in the intervening years.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Turing, manages to differentiate him from his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, despite suggesting that both were on the autistic spectrum, as we understand it now.  His Turing is complex and enigmatic and we never really understand what motivates him.  There are flashbacks to his school days and his love for another boy but this is the only suggestion of real emotion or attachment to another.

There are a host of great performances from some familiar faces including Keira Knightley, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear, Matthew Goode and Allan Leach, who you will recognise from Downton Abbey.

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The Imitation Game

Year: 2014

Country: UK

Cert: 12A

Duration: 114 mins

Dir: Morten Tyldum

'Benedict Cumberbatch’s excellent performance gives added complexity to a fine account of the life of codebreaker Alan Turing'

Venue: William Loveless Hall