Category Archive: Turing Film
Work soon will begin on a major renovation of Bletchley Park — the wartime home for Great Britain’s codebreaking effort. Alan Turing was at the heart of the effort to crack Germany’s Enigma code. Historians say the British codebreaking effort shortened the war by two years and saved millions of lives.
In the decades after the… Read More
CODEBREAKER has been nominated for a 2013 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor U.S. media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. “This nomination is a great honor,” says Patrick Sammon, one of the film’s Executive Producers. “We… Read More
CODEBREAKER has received the Audience Award at the 2012 European Science TV & New Media Awards. The Film’s director, Clare Beavan, accepted the award at a late November ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal.
The European Science TV and New Media Festival took place last July in Dublin, Ireland. The event featured two dozen science related films from across Europe. Audiences selected… Read More
TODpix, in conjunction with Story Center Productions and Furnace, announces the U.S. Theatrical Premiere of CODEBREAKER in Washington, DC on October 17th and New York City on October 25th. “We’re excited to offer this compelling and unique new film to American audiences,” says TODpix President Andrew Fogelson. “It’s an incredible story that will capture the hearts… Read More
A public radio program in the United States recently featured a segment about CODEBREAKER. “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” a nationally syndicated show broadcasting on 180 radio stations in the US, examines the big ideas impacting our world. This week’s program focused on Alan Turing’s life and legacy. The show included a segment about… Read More
CODEBREAKER is receiving accolades in Europe from several quarters.
The film is a finalist to receive two awards from The European Science TV & New Media Festival. The mid-July festival in Dublin, Ireland showcased science films from across Europe. CODEBREAKER is one of three finalists being considered for a Jury Award and one of four finalists… Read More
In recent weeks, there have been a number of excellent radio programs, interviews, and videos about the life and legacy of Alan Turing. Here are links to some of them.
Professor David Leavitt, featured in CODEBREAKER and the author of a Turing biography, was interviewed during a recent episode of Science Friday on National Public Radio… Read More
By Patrick Sammon & Paul Sen
The evidence is clear that Alan Turing committed suicide on June 7, 1954. A recent analysis by Professor Jack Copeland aims to call this conclusion into question. Based on previously public information and new research that our team conducted during the production of CODEBREAKER, we believe the evidence strongly supports… Read More
Alan Turing was in the spotlight this week at a hearing in the British Parliament. Julian Huppert, the MP for Cambridge, led a discussion about Turing’s life and legacy and how the United Kingdom should do more to recognize his contributions to the world.
The MK News featured an article about the debate: “MPs campaigning to… Read More
Some good news from down under! The ratings are in from Australia. CODEBREAKER had an average audience of 327,000 viewers. The Alan Turing film broadcast Friday night June 8th on SBS One. Of those people watching TV in the five capital cities at the time CODEBREAKER was shown, 7.3% were watching the film. Nationwide, the… Read More
In the week leading up to the centennial of Alan Turing’s birth on June 23rd, there have been a lot of interesting articles about Turing and his contribution to our modern world.
BBC.com features six articles about Turing examining his life and his legacy. Vint Cerf, a Turing Award winner and Google’s Chief internet evangelist, writes,… Read More
June 7th marks the 58th anniversary of Alan Turing’s tragic suicide. His life was short, but his legacy lives on. Here are some quotes about Alan Turing from people we interviewed for CODEBREAKER:
“The things that he contributed to computer science weren’t the things that just happened to be true in one particular year or one… Read More
SBS One will broadcast CODEBREAKER next week in Australia. The hour-long version of the film is scheduled to transmit on Friday June 8th at 9:35pm (Sydney time). The broadcast in Australia will come just one day after the 58th anniversary of Alan Turing’s suicide.
SBS is a highly respected Australian public television network with a strong… Read More
Part of CODEBREAKER focuses on the time that Alan Turing spent at Sherborne School, a boarding school in Dorset, England. Turing attended the school from 1926 until he started at King’s College, Cambridge in 1931. The film features newly uncovered information about the books he checked out between 1928 & 1931. The list offers clues… Read More
A new book about the origins of our digital universe is getting wide news coverage around the globe. Historian George Dyson’s book is called Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe. Check out a recent interview with Dyson on MSNBC.
Here’s how the book is described on Amazon.com: “’It is possible to invent a single… Read More
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Judea Pearl winner of the 2011 Turing Award, the highest honor in computer science. Pearl, a Professor at UCLA, developed two branches of calculus that paved the way for modern artificial intelligence.
Pearl told US News & World Report, “I think the voice recognition systems that we constantly… Read More
The Commons leader says he’ll take another look at the British Government’s decision to deny a pardon to Alan Turing, but it’s not likely the outcome will be different. Sir George Young offered to re-examine the case after being lobbied by Tory MP Iain Stewart who holds a seat in Milton Keynes south, which includes… Read More
Bletchley Park has opened a new permanent exhibition of some personal items that belonged to Alan Turing. Bletchley Park was the codebreaking center where Turing worked during World War II. The items on display include a teddy bear that Turing bought in school, a treasured Swiss watch, and a book that he won as a… Read More
Here’s a new two-minute trailer for the Alan Turing film. CODEBREAKER is the title we have selected. Stay tuned in the months ahead for details about the worldwide distribution plan for this drama-documentary.
More evidence today showing how far Alan Turing lived ahead of his time. Researchers in London have announced confirmation of Turing’s 60 year-old morphogenesis theory. The findings also advance the understanding of regenerative medicine.
The Telegraph reports on new research, unveiled in the current issue of Nature Genetics. “In his 1952 paper The Chemical Basis of… Read More
Edward White in the United Kingdom composed the music for Channel 4′s broadcast of “Britain’s Greatest Codebreaker.” Check out this song he wrote. It’s called “Computable Numbers.” Listen now.
Thousands of people in the United Kingdom have signed a petition asking the government to offer a posthumous pardon for Turing’s 1952 conviction on charges of gross indecency. Almost 18,000 people have signed the e-petition. If 100,000 people sign the petition, the issue becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.
Professor Barry Cooper, Chair… Read More
Newspapers in the United Kingdom provided extensive coverage in connection with the recent broadcast of “Britain’s Greatest Codebreaker” on Channel 4 in the UK. The news articles highlighted Turing’s story and our film’s approach to telling it. The papers featuring stories and reviews about the film included The Times, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Daily… Read More
“Britain’s Greatest Codebreaker” attracted an audience in the United Kingdom of about 1.5 million viewers on Channel 4’s November 21st broadcast. Until December 20th, people in the UK can watch the film streaming on Channel 4’s website.
International distribution plans for the film are being developed now. Stay tuned for details in the months… Read More