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Alan Turing biopic to open London Film Festival

Alan Turing biopic to open London Film Festival

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 23 July 2014 16:39 Written by // Andrew Shaw

The Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game will open this year's BFI London Film Festival on October 8.

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, the film looks at the gay British mathematician and computer genius whose work was crucial to cracking German cypher codes during World War II.

Turning killed himself in 1954 after being prosecuted for gross indecency in 1952 after being found out in a gay relationship, at a time when gay acts were illegal.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown released a statement of apology in 2009 on behalf of the British government for the "appalling" treatment of Turing.

Co-starring Keira Knightley as Turing's friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke, the London Film Festival screening is being billed as its European premiere.

The film opens in UK cinemas November 14.

WATCH: The Imitation Game trailer



Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is editor of Queensland Pride.

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