You may not have ever heard of Alan Turing. Yet, his impact on the outcome of World War II and technology today was monumental. Codebreaker, out earlier this month on your favorite digital video stores, makes his story known to the world.
Winner of the Audience Award at the 2012 Science TV and New Media Awards, Codebreaker is a film about Turing’s life as a scientist and mathematician who used his genius to break the German Engima code and help the British defeat the Nazis during World War II. In addition to saving millions of lives with his breakthrough, Turing also imagined a digital world far before anyone else. He had a visionary mind about the future of technology, but persecution by the British government prevented him from making even greater strides in the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence.
Told through documentary-style interviews as well as dramatic reenactments, Codebreaker reveals the war that went on within and outside of Turing’s mind. His homosexuality resulted in the government failing to recognize his contributions and instead forcing him to undergo chemical castration. Therapy sessions based on real conversations between Turing and his therapist give insight into the despair Turing experienced: at the young age of 41, Turing’s torment resulted in suicide.
Featured at over twenty-five major universities and corporate screenings at Google, Intel, Microsoft, AT&T, Société Générale and more, Codebreaker is a film that the world needs to see. Alan Turing is an unknown genius who should stand amongst Albert Einstein, Issac Newton and Charles Darwin, and this film finally gives him the recognition he deserves.