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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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