By Ray Pride


September 15, 2013 Start of Principal Photography in the UK Announced by Black Bear Pictures

 LONDON, 16 SEPTEMBER, 2013: THE IMITATION GAME, which began principal photography in the UK yesterday, is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, Alan Turing.

The pioneer of modern-day computing, Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on.

 Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Fifth Estate“, “Star Trek Into Darkness“, and TV’s “Sherlock“) and Keira Knightley (BAFTA nominee for “Atonement”, Oscar® nominee for “Pride and Prejudice“) will star as Alan Turing and his close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke, alongside a top-notch cast, including Matthew Goode (“Stoker”, “A Single Man“), Mark Strong (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy“), Rory Kinnear (“Skyfall”), Charles Dance (“Gosford Park“, TV’s “Game of Thrones“), Allen Leech (“In Fear”, TV’s “Downton Abbey“) and Matthew Beard (“An Education“).

Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum, 2012’s BAFTA nominee for “Headhunters“, is directing from a screenplay by Graham Moore, based on the book “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges.

Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwarzman is producing alongside Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky, with Moore as executive producer and Peter Heslop (“The King’s Speech”) as co-producer. Behind-the camera talent includes director of photography Óscar Faura (“The Impossible”), editor William Goldenberg (Oscar® winner for “Argo”), production designerMaria Djurkovic (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), hair and make-up designer Ivana Primorac(“Anna Karenina”), casting director Nina Gold (“Les Miserables”) and composer Clint Mansell (“Black Swan”).

FilmNation Entertainment is handling International Sales, with CAA representing US Domestic. STUDIOCANAL has all rights in the UK.


Launched in 2011, Black Bear Pictures is a New York based film production and financing company. Black Bear strives to produce original, engaging and commercial films that stand out within their genre. With two to four films slated for production each year, Black Bear focuses on developing, producing and financing wide-release films with unique points of view and specialty films with crossover potential from original voices.


Founded in 2008 by veteran international film executive Glen Basner, FilmNation Entertainment is a new kind of film company – global, versatile and full-service; and is a go-to destination for many of the world’s most renowned filmmakers. FilmNation can board a project in a myriad of ways (as a producer, financier, sales agent, international distributor or marketer) and at any stage in a film’s lifespan including development.

FilmNation’s upcoming sales line-up showcases the work of many of today’s most exciting, established and up-and-coming filmmakers, and includes three 2013 Cannes Official Selections: Alexander Payne’s Nebraska starring Bruce Dern; Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ringstarring Emma Watson; and J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost starring Robert Redford.

The upcoming sales line-up also includes: Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skinwith Scarlett Johansson, an In Competition film at this year’s Venice Film Festival and an Official Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival; Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups and an untitled project; David Michôd’s The Roverstarring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson; Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams; Genius starring Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender; the untitled Marc Lawrence romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei; The Rules of Inheritance starring Jennifer Lawrence; among others.

Production vet Aaron Ryder heads up FilmNation’s production arm. Previously released this year was Jeff Nichols’ critically acclaimed Mud, a 2012 Cannes competition selection,starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Michael Shannon and Reese Witherspoon; and Dan Beers’ teen sex comedy Premature. FilmNation is in development on Nic Mathieu’s Story Of Your Life.


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