‘The Imitation Game’ at City Screen

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From Friday 14 November, City Screen will be showing The Imitation Game, a film about Alan Turing, a famous World War II codebreaker who was prosecuted for homosexuality. For more information, see the synopsis below or visit the City Screen event page.

Benedict Cumberbatch masterfully portrays mathematical genius Alan Turing in his race against time to break Germany’s Enigma code during World War II.

Flashbacks following Turing’s arrest for homosexuality in 1952 chronicle his battles with the commander of the Bletchley Park codebreakers (Dance) before winning the trust of an MI6 boss (Mark Strong) and the funding to build a huge electro-mechanical computer which would help him decipher the code.

Directed by Morten Tyldum (JO NESBO’S HEADHUNTERS), Cumberbatch’s twitchy, savant-like Turing doesn’t suffer the fools he initially has to work with, but in Joan Clarke (Knightley), a woman who, like him, has an exceptional mathematical brain, he finds an intellectual equal and friend. The result is both gripping and profoundly moving.

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Ynda is a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London researching queer and genderqueer speech. They established York LGBT History Month in 2014 while working at York St John University. They then developed it into an independent organisation, and served as Lead Coordinator from 2014 to 2016, which included overseeing its registration as a charity. They now remain vaguely involved from a distance. During their seven years in York, Ynda also studied at both of York’s universities and served periods as secretary of York Pride and York LGBT Forum. They also founded Non-binary London and are involved in Bar Woetever and Everyday Cissexism. They write about queer matters on their website.

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