Alan Turing, Codebreaker

Documentary on Gay WWII Hero Nominated for GLAAD Award

Alan Turing, Codebreaker
Alan Turing, whose life is chronicled in the GLAAD-nominated documentary “Codebreaker”

Codebreaker,” a documentary chronicling the life of gay WWII hero Alan Turing, has been nominated for “Outstanding Documentary” for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, along with other nominees “Chely Wright: Wish Me Away,” “Vito,” “Hit So Hard,” and “How to Survive a Plague.”

Turing has been called one of the 20th century’s most important people.  He’s the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, and he also cracked the German Naval Enigma code during World War II, helping to turn the tide of war and save millions of lives.

Sadly, instead of accolades, Turing faced terrible persecution from the British government because he was gay, and he committed suicide in 1954 at the age of only 41 years old.

Starting in February 2013, the distributors of “Codebreaker” are placing it before audiences across the country using a unique, new model called “theatrical on demand.” It’s a grassroots  model puts the decision-making power in the hands of moviegoers, guaranteeing the film’s screening in any community where there is sufficient interest.

In order for a city to be considered for a screening, moviegoers need to visit the film’s website at and fill out a short request form.  Once a location is approved, the moviegoers can share the link for tickets using social media and other outreach tools.  After 50 tickets have been reserved, credit cards will be charged and the screening will be scheduled.

“The GLAAD Media Award nomination for ‘Outstanding Documentary’ is a great honor,” said Patrick Sammon, the film’s creator and one of its executive producers.  “This nomination, coupled with the enthusiastic response the film received during its recent premiere, underscores for us the importance of Alan Turing’s story and the need for it to reach audiences across the nation.”

Ceremonies for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held in New York on March 16, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 20 at the JW Marriott; and in San Francisco on May 11 at the Hilton San Francisco-Union Square.



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