Wednesday 3 June 2015
10:00am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm
Brimming with frequently hilarious dialogue, X+Y is a British charmer of the highest order. Director Morgan Matthews brings true melody to every frame constructing a picture bursting with colour and clarity. Nathan (Asa Butterfield) clearly has a deep, inner connection with the spirits and energies around him; the prism refraction of a street light on the rain-drenched pavement, the forming of patterned beauty in life’s most ordinary moments.
His oddity is really a means of presenting his unique character and manner of viewing our world. Themes and visual traits such as these could easily have wandered into pretentiousness, but James Graham's beautifully realised and realistic prose harnesses the project down whilst Matthews' lens exercises the frame.
Nathan is a socially awkward young man who finds mundane scenarios emotionally challenging due to his mild autism. Despite struggling with these pressures, he is an impeccable mathematician who attends privately tutored lessons from Mr. Humphreys (Rafe Spal) in secondary school despite beginning his venture at the tender age of 9.
Now a growing teen, he is put forward for a spot on the British National team at the IMO (International Mathematics Olympiad) which will showcase his genius to the world and those who doubt his abilities around him. However the event will not only test his mind and knowledge, but also his disorder as human interaction cannot be bypassed, but perhaps this is exactly what Nathan really needs to truly realise his potential.
111 mins Comedy/Drama
“This is a beautiful film on many levels. I laughed and cried through the highs and lows, satisfied by the richness of the emotional journey as it comes to a spectacular conclusion”. Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
“X+Y is challenging, endearing, sweet, and romantic...all without breaking a sweat”. Colin Fraser, Filmink
“This heart-warming, very British drama plays like a soft- centred teen version of a Mike Leigh movie”. Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
Don't forget our Special Screening: The Salt of the Earth on Monday 22 June at 6:30pm only.
Exhibition on Screen: The Impressionists is showing on 30 and 31st May. The Metropolitan Opera series continues with La Donna del Lago on 13th June. Shakespeare's Globe on Screen also continues with Julius Caesar on 20th June.
2015 - 3rd and 17th June, 15th and 29th July, 5th and 19th August, 2nd and 16th September, 7th and 21st October, 4th and 18th November, 2nd December.