The Imitation Game opens in cinemas nationwide on November 14th. It charts the life of Alan Turing (pioneer of modern-day computing and credited with cracking the German Enigma code) and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. The film is directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Graham Moore. It also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard.
EF were invited along to an exclusive preview screening of the film at Bletchley Park. This was followed by the ribbon-cutting of a major new exhibition all about the making of The Imitation Game.
The Imitation Game: The Exhibition is a glorious installation that does justice to the movie and the glorious surroundings and history of Bletchley Park.
Entering the exhibition on a red carpet in the Billiard Room, visitors 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 and other artefacts from the production.
Once inside the Ballroom itself, fans can pose for a photo in the bar where actual scenes were filmed along with discovering many more behind the scenes gems and props.
The array of items on display 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, all sound-tracked by the films gorgeously haunting score.
It was a wonderful exhibition and one that will surely strike a chord with visitors, as you live through the remarkable true story of Alan Turing and the efforts from everyone based at Bletchley Park during the war.
Check out our exclusive gallery from the event below.
For further details on The Imitation Game: The Exhibition check out The Bletchley Park official website. It runs from the 10th November 2014 until 1st November 2015.
The Imitation Game is in cinemas November 14th 2014.