Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Turing film to open film festival

Benedict Cumberbatch's film The Imitation Game will open the BFI London Film Festival

Benedict Cumberbatch's role as code-breaking genius Alan Turing in The Imitation Game is to open this year's BFI London Film Festival.

The Sherlock actor and other stars from the movie including Keira Knightley are expected to attend the opening gala, which is also the film's European premiere.

Director Morten Tyldum will also be at the screening at the Odeon Leicester Square on Wednesday October 8, and there will be a live cinecast from the red carpet. Simultaneous screenings of the film will take place at cinemas across the UK.

The Norwegian film-maker said: "The experience of directing this film has been so tremendously rewarding, and I am humbled to share Alan's Turing's incredible story on opening night."

Turing was one of the key figures in the top secret activities at Bletchley Park as teams worked around the clock for years to unscramble messages encrypted by the Enigma machines used by German forces. His efforts are said to have shortened the conflict by up to two years.

Clare Stewart, director of the BFI London Film Festival, said: "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 film's producer Teddy Schwarzman said it told the story of "an incredibly gifted yet unsung British hero".

"We look forward to sharing this film with audiences across the country, and couldn't imagine our European premiere anywhere but London," he added.

The 58th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, runs from October 8 to 19. The full programme will be announced on September 3.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Nightlife Galleries


Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News


Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant


Your employer won't be able to deliver on a promise, which is discouraging. Instead of pouring even more energy into your career, turn your attention to your love life. Spending lots of time with an attentive partner will make your confidence soar. Soon, you'll be inspired to apply for a great job that normally would be intimidating. By projecting enthusiasm and confidence, you could land this position in record time. If you're single, you could fall head over heels in love with a wild rebel.More