The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Mark Strong
Film director: 
Morten Tyldum
Event date: 
Thu, 16/04/2015

On April 16th 2015 we showed The Imitation Game, a 2014 historical thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum. The event was free and was sponsored by Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. Following the screening a panel of experts discussed key themes from the movie.

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the British cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who helped solve the Enigma code during the Second World War and was later prosecuted for homosexuality. The film was the highest-grossing independent film of 2014. It was nominated in eight categories at the 87th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Tyldum), Best Actor (Cumberbatch), and Best Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley). It won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. It also received nine British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film.

The Panel included:

Harry Collins discussing Turing tests and the Imitation Game.
Alison Parken discussing inequalities.
Vince Knight discussing mathematical coding.
Andrew Edgar discussing moral philosophy and the blitz.

Watch the trailer here.

Date: Thursday 16th April 2015
Time: 6 pm - 9.30 pm.

This film is rated 12A.

Venue: Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, CF24 4HQ

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Articles on this film:

Women in Mathematics

In the film 'The Imitation Game' Keira Knightley plays a truly great character: Joan Clarke. The scene in the movie during which she is confused with someone coming to interview for a secretarial role is not at all surprising. It is obviously shocking but not surprising. Joan Clarke won a Scholarship to attend Cambridge, where she did extremely well

The Imitation Game: Morality and Statistics

A crucial moment occurs in The Imitation Game when Alan Turing and his team, having finally broken the Enigma code, for the first time decode a series of German communications. As the communications are current naval instructions, the team can plot the movement of warships.