A special film exploring the life and legacy of Alan Turing, the genius pioneer of modern computing, has been released in time for LGBTQ+ History Month.
Alan Turing was a mathematician and computer scientist based at Manchester University. During his life he played a pivotal role in cracking intercepted coded messages that enabled the Allies to defeat the German during World War II. However, Turing was gay, which was illegal at the time. He pleaded guilty to 'gross indecency' and avoided prison by agreeing to so called 'conversion therapy'. Two years later, Turning was found dead at his home, an inquest determined he'd committed suicide.
The documentary, Alan Turing: The Pride of Manchester
has been produced in collaboration with Turing's nephew, Sir Dermot Turing, who provided exclusive access to unseen family records, allowing the film to explore lesser known aspects of his incredible work. This story is rooted in the City of Manchester, home to his greatest post-war achievements and sadly the turbulent years leading to his tragic death. The film examines his future legacy and celebrate all that Turing represents for the people of Manchester and beyond.
Manchester Pride's CEO, Mark Fletcher is one of the contributors along with Manchester DJ and musician Clint Boon, local artist Justin Eagleton, and narration from Manchester-based actress, Maxine Peake.
In 2021, Manchester Pride announced it would name a stage at the Manchester Pride Festival after Alan Turing. The stage in Sackville Gardens over the August bank holiday celebrations, is positioned next to the Alan Turing memorial.
The film can be viewed on History Hit
, the podcast, SVOD and content platform.