Film crews descend on Sherborne again for Cumberbatch movie
TRAFFIC was disrupted in Sherborne over the weekend as film crews descended on the town again only days after filming finished on Far From The Madding Crowd.
This time crews were busy filming at Sherborne School for scenes in The Imitation Game, a biopic about gay Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.
The film features Sherlock star Cumberbatch as Turing, and Knightley, known for the Pirates of the Caribbean series, as his friend, and fellow codebreaker Joan Clarke.
Traffic control teams were kept busy in the town while filming took place at the school where Turing was a pupil from 1926 at the age of 13.
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At the outbreak of the war, Alan Turing joined the Government Codes and Cypher School at Bletchley Park. He worked on breaking the code for the German Enigma machine, a device for sending coded messages to units of the German forces. Turing developed a machine (the Bombe) which helped break the code. He also went on to break the Naval Enigma and even more complicated machine.
The Imitation Game also stars Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard.
In June 2012 Sherborne School opened the Osborne Turing Suite to mark the centenary of Turing's birth.
Neither of the stars are expected to be visiting the town as scenes filmed at the school will depict its former student's childhood, which will be portrayed by a younger actor playing the lead character in his youth.