The Imitation Game Screening and Exhibition at Bletchley Park

  |  Published: Oct 23rd 2014
COURTESY OF STUDIOCANAL

To celebrate the release of THE IMITATION GAME in UK cinemas on 14 November, Bletchley Park will open a major new exhibition, taking visitors behind the scenes of the highly anticipated movie.

 

A dramatic portrayal of the life and work of World War Two Codebreaker Alan Turing, the film stars a host of British acting talent including Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

 

The exhibition will open on Tuesday 4 November with an exclusive preview screening of the film for a select audience at Bletchley Park. The same evening, this vibrant heritage attraction will preview a major new exhibition all about the making of the film, in the very room where the bar scenes were filmed.

 

Entering the exhibition on a red carpet in the Billiard Room, visitors will first see costumes worn by the stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley as Alan Turing and Joan Clarke, as well as the boys at Sherborne School, where a young Alan was played by Alex Lawther. Once inside the Ballroom itself, fans can pose for a photo in the bar, and discover more behind the scenes gems.

 

The array of items on display will include the Enigma intercepts Alan Turing stuffs into his socks and trousers to sneak them off site, the scribbles made by John Cairncross (played by Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech) and the prototype Bombe machine Turing names Christopher, after his first love.

 

Sarah Kay, Bletchley Park’s Digitisation and Exhibitions Officer, says “THE IMITATION GAME at Bletchley Park Exhibition is an opportunity to not only provide our existing audiences the chance to see some of the film’s set dressing and some of the fantastic objects and documents created by the film’s art department. It is also an opportunity for us to reach new audiences of film fans who otherwise may not be familiar with the secret wartime work of Alan Turing and the thousands of other heroes who undertook arguably the most important work of the their lives.

 

“The making of the film will send the history of Bletchley Park worldwide with such incredibly impressive and intense performances by some of Britain's most elite actors. Bletchley Park is incredibly proud of what the filmmakers and actors were able to achieve.”

 

About THE IMITATION GAME forthcoming film release in UK cinemas:

 

The Imitation Game

Directed by: Morten Tyldum

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard

Release date: 14th November

 

Film images can be downloaded at;

www.studiocanal.co.uk/press

 

Trailer can be viewed here;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg85ggZSHMw

 

Synopsis:THE IMITATION GAME portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain;s top-secret Government code and Cypher school at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. The motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence offices had a powerful ally in Prime Minister Winston Churchill who authorised the provision of any resource they required. The film spans the key periods of Turing's life, from his unhappy teenage years at boarding school and the triumph of his secret wartime work on the revolutionary electro-mechanical 'Bombe', which was capable of breaking 3,000 Enigma-generated naval codes a day, to the tragedy of his post-war decline, following his conviction for a now outdated criminal offence. A complicated and troubled man, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, Turing may have been the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on.

 

FILMNATION ENTERTAINMENT is overseeing international distribution. STUDIOCANAL release the film in UK cinemas on 14 November, 2014.

 

For film PR enquiries please contact:

Lucy Powell / Publicity Manager STUDIOCANAL

Lucy.Powell@studiocanal.co.uk

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