James Graham

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X and Y

Director Morgan Matthews Starring
  • Asa Butterfield
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Eddie Marsan
  • Rafe Spall
    Distributor BBC Films Production Company Origin Pictures

    Inspired by Morgan Matthews' documentary Beautiful Young Minds, James Graham's X + Y is a rites of passage drama about a teenage prodigy's journey to the Mathematics Olympiad and his quest to find a formula for love. It is a heart-warming and uplifting comedy which follows one extraordinary teenager as he finds his place in the world.

    Backed by BBC Films and BFI, X + Y is directed by the BAFTA-winning director Morgan Matthews and stars Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Asa Butterfield and Eddie Marsan.

    X and Y was listed on the Britlist 2011 and was selected for the Toronto International and London Film Festival in 2014 before being released in cinemas worldwide in Spring 2015.

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    [X and Y] is nicely understated and takes a thoughtful, measured approach to a story where all the emotional highs are honestly obtained... this has real potential to become a crowd pleasing mainstream British hit and to travel.

    Allan Hunter
    Screen Daily

    Matthews and Graham have made Nathan’s own narrative sufficiently engrossing to sustain empathy and generate a rooting interest as the protagonist journeys to Taipei for an IMO preliminary... a satisfying, compelling drama with definite crossover potential on screens of all sizes.

    Joe Leydon

    [X and Y is a] deeply affecting, sensitively handled British drama

    Leslie Felperin
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Competitive maths + teenage romance = an intelligent and engaging entertainment

    this is an attractively unparochial drama with a bracing interest in excellence

    Peter Bradshaw
    The Guardian
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    X+Y, film review: Understated humour from Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins keeps mawkishness at bay

    This, though, is a very likeable, well-observed and ultimately uplifting film

    Geoffrey Macnab
    The Independent
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    Morgan Matthews directs this clever, imaginative movie about a gifted autistic boy

    a clever, imaginative, supple movie, true to itself in spirit and essence

    Nigel Andrews
    The Financial Times
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