The Imitation Game producers Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman (All Is Losttalk in the video short above about finding the story of Alan Turing, the cryptology and computing pioneer whose work helped hasten the end of WWII, and building a film that does justice to the achievements and tragedy of Turing’s life.

They also talk about how easy it was (and why) to get Benedict Cumberbatch and the rest of the top-flight cast – which includes Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance – to sign on. The pair and fellow producer Nora Grossman were speaking at The Contenders, Deadline’s annual Oscar showcase, with our Pete Hammond.

Morten Tyldum directed The Imitation Game, from the Graham Moore screenplay based on Andrew Hodges’ biography of Turing. The Weinstein Company is distributing in the United States.

The film debuted in terrific, if limited, fashion last week in four New York and Los Angeles venues, scoring the year’s second-best debut on a per-theater average. It will expand over the next couple of weeks and go into wide release on Christmas Day.

Have you seen the film yet? What did you think? Let us know.