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The Imitation Game coming to Audlem

30th January 2015 @ 6:06am – by Webteam
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The next film at the Public Hall on Saturday 7th February, starting at 7.30pm, is the highly acclaimed The Imitation Game. Tickets are £5.

The Imitation Game is an historical thriller film about British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing who was a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany's naval Enigma code which helped the Allies win the Second World War, only to later be criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality.

The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, and Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke with Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance.

The film shows Alan Turing and his team of code-breakers in Hut 8 racing against time as they attempt to break Nazi Germany's Enigma code at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.

The group of scholars, mathematicians, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers have a powerful ally in Prime Minister Winston Churchill who authorises the provision of any resource they require.

The film spans the key periods of Turing's life: his unhappy teenage years at boarding school; 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.

It then looks at the tragedy of his post-war decline following his conviction for gross indecency, a criminal offence stemming from his admission of maintaining a homosexual relationship.

The film has been met with critical acclaim, with critics particularly lauding Cumberbatch's lead performance as Turing.


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