Today the British Film Institute announced that the upcoming Benedict Cumberbatch movie The Imitation Game will receive its European premiere as the opening event at this year’s London Film Festival. The movie which also stars Keira Knightley, Charles Dance and Downton Abbey‘s Allen Leech, tells the story of mathematician Alan Turing who was instrumental in the allies breaking the Nazi’s Enigma codes. The premiere will take place on October 8 at London’s Leicester Square, and will be attended by Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and director Morten Tyldum.
The movie also tells of Turing’s battle with his sexuality; following the war he underwent chemical castration following his conviction for being gay, which was still a criminal offence in the 1950’s. Turing eventually killed himself with cyanide, and in 2013 he was granted a posthumous pardon by The Queen. Turing’s work led him to be known as the “father of computing” and without his work who knows what road technology would have taken?
The director of BFI London Film Festival, Clare Stewart said;
“We are thrilled to announce one of the most anticipated films of the year – The Imitation Game – as this year’s BFI London Film Festival Opening Night gala. 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.”
The movie will be released in the UK on November 14, with the US release on November 21. I can’t wait to watch this movie, and may well take a little wander down to see the red carpet on October 8. In the meantime check out the new trailer for the movie.