• Today
    November 18

  • 03:32 PM

Imitation Game opens film festival

Added 08 October 2014

benedictcumberbatchkeiraknightley

LONDON (AP) - Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch says his latest role as a code-breaking genius doesn't mean he's only capable of playing brainy characters.

Cumberbatch stars as computer pioneer Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, which opens the London Film Festival on Wednesday.

Turing's work on cracking German codes helped win World War II, but he later committed suicide after being prosecuted for homosexuality. Now widely regarded as a wartime hero, he was granted a posthumous royal pardon last year.

"It's a great honour to be asked to play someone like Alan Turing, so the last thing I want to do is go, `Well, it's a bit like Sherlock, isn't it,'" Cumberbatch told a news conference.

"I've also played stupid people as well," he said. "If anyone out there's got some more stupid roles for me, great, bring it on."

Keira Knightley, who plays Turing's fellow code-breaker and sometime fiancée Joan Clarke, said the actors struggled to match the problem-solving agility of their characters.

"One day we decided we should all really do the crossword," she said. "So we got the quick crossword, there were five of us. It took us five days, and we still didn't finish it."

The Imitation Game won the audience award at the Toronto Film Festival, often a harbinger of Academy Awards success.

It's one of 248 features playing at the 58th London festival, which opens Wednesday. It closes Oct. 19 with Brad Pitt war yarn Fury.

Other gala screenings include Bennett Miller's wrestling drama Foxcatcher, Mike Leigh's artist biopic Mr. Turner and the world premiere of Testament of Youth, adapted from Vera Britain’s World War One memoir.

The festival will hand out prizes for best picture, best first feature, best documentary and best British newcomer at an October 18 ceremony. Veteran director Stephen Frears is due to receive a lifetime achievement honour.

 

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Dos and Donts


Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus

POLL

Do you believe students should be barred from buying food from vendors during school hours?

YES
NO

FRONT COVER OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPER

CARTOON

INSTAGRAM