Codebreaker: A film on the life and work of Alan Turing


Codebreaker: A film on the life and work of Alan Turing

EMPAC Theatre

September 16, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

CODEBREAKER, a new, unreleased drama-documentary film that tells the remarkable and tragic story of British cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing, will be screened at EMPAC Theatre on September 16 at 4:00 pm, as the first event in this year’s HASS Inquiry Lecture Series.  Filmmaker and director Patrick Sammon will be here in person to introduce the film and conduct a Q&A session following the screening.

Alan Turing’s codebreaking genius helped turn the tide of the Second World War, and he was instrumental in launching in the computer age.  But instead of receiving accolades, Turing, a homosexual, faced terrible persecution.  In 1952, the British Government forced him to undergo “chemical castration” as an alternative to prison; two years later, in despair, Turing committed suicide at the age of 41.

Using documentary elements seamlessly interconnected with dramatic scenes, CODEBREAKER offers a three-dimensional picture of Turing, his accomplishments, his tragic end, and his lasting legacy. 

This event is the first of this year’s HASS Inquiry Lectures, associated with several freshman-only HASS Inquiry courses. Supported by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, the HASS Inquiry Courses and Lectures aim to provide students with a human and social outlook to their lives and world at large.

Patrick Sammon, the maker of Codebreaker, will personally introduce the screening, and take questions from the audience afterwards, to provide some further insights about the importance of Turing’s life and work in the larger historical, cultural, and social contexts of his and our time.

This event is free and open to the public.

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