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Film buffs were treated to a few scenes of pic­turesque Che­sham in Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch and Keira Knight­ley’s film The Imi­ta­tion Game. Camilla Good­man finds out more about an ex­hi­bi­tion at Bletch­ley Park to coin­cide with the film’s re­lease

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Ocel­e­brate the re­lease of a film shot in Buck­ing­hamshire, a new ex­hi­bi­tion is set to open that will take vis­i­tors be­hind the scenes of the movie.

The Imi­ta­tion Game, which was partly filmed in Che­sham in Septem­ber last year, opened in UK cin­e­mas on Novem­ber 14 and is a dra­matic por­trayal of the life and work of Sec­ond World War code­breaker Alan Tur­ing played by Sher­lock star Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch.

The ex­hi­bi­tion at Bletch­ley Park opened on Novem­ber 4, with an ex­clu­sive pre­view screen­ing of the film for a se­lect au­di­ence and a new ex­hi­bi­tion all about the mak­ing of the film, in the very room where the bar scenes were filmed.

En­ter­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion on a red car­pet in the Bil­liard Room, vis­i­tors will first see cos­tumes worn by Cum­ber­batch and co-star Keira Knight­ley as Joan Clarke, as well as the boys at Sherborne School, where a young Alan was played by Alex Lawther. Once inside the Ball­room it­self, fans can pose for a photo in the bar, and dis­cover more be­hind the scenes gems.

The ar­ray of items on dis­play will in­clude the Enigma in­ter­cepts Tur­ing stuffs into his socks and trousers to sneak them off site, the scrib­bles made by John Cairn­cross (played by Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech) and the pro­to­type Bombe ma­chine Tur­ing names Christo­pher, after his first love.

Bletch­ley Park’s Digi­ti­sa­tion and Exhibitions Of­fi­cer Sarah Kay said: “The Imi­ta­tion Game at Bletch­ley Park Ex­hi­bi­tion is an op­por­tu­nity to not only pro­vide our ex­ist­ing au­di­ences the chance to see some of the film’s set dress­ing and some of the fan­tas­tic ob­jects and doc­u­ments cre­ated by the film’s art depart­ment. It is also an op­por­tu­nity for us to reach new au­di­ences of film fans who oth­er­wise may not be fa­mil­iar with the se­cret wartime work of Alan Tur­ing and the thou­sands of other he­roes who un­der­took ar­guably the most im­por­tant work of the their lives.

“The mak­ing of the film will send the his­tory of Bletch­ley Park world­wide with such in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive and in­tense per­for­mances by some of Bri­tain’s most elite ac­tors. Bletch­ley Park is in­cred­i­bly proud of what the film­mak­ers and ac­tors were able to achieve.”

The Imi­ta­tion Game por­trays the nail-bit­ing race against time by Tur­ing and his bril­liant team of code-break­ers at Bri­tain’s top se­cret gov­ern­ment code and cypher school at Bletch­ley Park, dur­ing the dark­est days of the Sec­ond World War.

The crew and ac­tors spent two days film­ing in Church Street and Lown­des Park, in Che­sham, which were made-up to look like Bletch­ley dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, at­tract­ing huge crowds to watch the stars at work.

It has also been tipped for Os­car suc­cess after it won the Peo­ple s Choice Award at the 38th Toronto film fes­ti­val last month.

The prize is gen­er­ally con­sid­ered a key in­di­ca­tor of Os­car suc­cess. Since 2008, three best pic­ture Os­car win­ners – 12 Years a Slave, The King’s Speech and Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire – also took top prize at Toronto.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the ex­hi­bi­tion call 01908 640 404, email info@bletch­ley­park.org.uk, or go to www.bletch­ley­park.org.uk.

Bletch­ley Park was at the heart of the code­break­ing work dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and right, The Imi­ta­tion Game stars Keira Knight­ley, Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch and Al­lan Leech

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