So thrilled for director Director Morten Tyldum on his Directors Guild of America nomination for his First English speaking feature film, The Imitation Game. Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the NYC screening of the film where the Director and three of the actors Allen Leech (John Cairncross), Matthew Beard (Peter Hilton), and Alex Lawther (Young Alan Turing) spoke about making the film and the legacy of Alan Turing (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch).
The director and actors revealed that this real life story about WWII British code breaker/cryptanalyst Alan Turing was filmed in only eight weeks and on location at the actual Bletchley Park where the top-secret British Government Code and Cypher School was located. Actor Allen Leech told the story that when they actually drained the lake surrounding Bletchley Park, the government found all these WWII-era tea cups. Apparently the code breakers would walk around the lake brainstorming and when they had an ‘ah ha!’ moment, they would throw their tea cups into lake so they could run back to the buildings.
The actors spent two weeks of rehearsals with the director in which the cast mates bonded and as told by Matthew Beard, the actors played JayZ music in the background while they were being schooled on the mathematics for their roles 😉
It was also writer Graham Moore’s first screenplay (adapted from book by Andrew Hodges “Alan Turing: The Enigma)…for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for best screenplay.
#IcingOnTheCake : At the end of the event, Allen Leech walked past while I was putting on my faux fur writing vest (can’t go anywhere without it, lately) under my coat and, with that Irish accent, he bellowed: “you better bundle up cause, baby, it’s cold out there.” (A quote that I have used frequently in the past couple of weeks, solely for that reason.) And, you know how I love those Irish accents wink emoticon Incredible movie. Incredible man. Incredible performances. A must see.