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CODEBREAKER

A Production of Story Center Productions, LLC and Furnace Ltd in association with Channel 4 Television Corporation (UK)

 

This drama-documentary records the brilliance and the despair of one of the twentieth century’s greatest minds. Alan Turing died in 1954 at the age of 41, and in the last 15 months of his life visited a psychiatrist Franz Greenbaum to help him. In those days practicing homosexuality was a crime and treatments were sought to “cure it”. The film steps sensitively between documentary accounts of his achievements, modern views of the importance of his work, and dramatized reconstructions of his encounters with his psychiatrist. The conversations explore the pivotal moments in his controversial life and examine pressures that may have contributed to his suicide.

 

Turing played a key role in the wartime effort at Bletchley Park to break the German Enigma code, crucial in turning the tide of the second world war. He is now also seen as the father of modern computing of our digital world. The film includes interviews with people who knew him, and accolades from the world of technology and mathematics, notably of Steve Wozniak of Apple and Professor Ian Stewart..

 

Principal actors:    Ed Stoppard and Henry Goodman

Narrator:  Samuel West

Producer and Director:   Clare Beavan

Dramatic Reconstructions Writer:     Craig Warner

Documentary Director:   Nic Stacy

Producer:   Jennifer Beamish

Executive Producers:    Patrick Sammon and Paul Sen

CODEBREAKER won the 2012 best production as voted on by the Festival Theatre Audience (supported by Ciência Viva), part of the 2012 European Science TV and New Media Festival and Awards