The Imitation Game will kick off the London Film Festival on October 8th ahead of its UK release on November 14th. With the release fast approaching a new poster for the movie has arrived via Empire.
The image seems a bit mysterious unless you know a bit about the story it’s based on. It shows Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing standing in front of the bombe, the electromechanical machine he created to help decode the German Enigma codes during World War II (a different device to his famed first programmable computer, Colossus, which helped with the even more fiendish Lorenz cipher).
The film chronicles the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment.
Tragically in the 1950s Turing admitted to the police he was gay while reporting a robbery, believing they would protect him and catch those who’d stolen from him. Instead it was him who found himself in court. After he was convicted he was shunned by the establishment and despite his incredible mind he found himself pushed to the sidelines. He committed suicide (although some say it was an accident) not too long afterwards.