New film about autism
Autism has long been a popular subject for the silver screen: from Dustin Hoffman’s much renowned performance in Rain Man (1988) to Sean Penn’s heart-wrenching display in I am Sam (2001) and Leonardo Di Caprio’s memorable ‘Arnie’ in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), to name but a few, the condition seems to stir the human consciousness like no other. Now, documentary director Morgan Matthews, a five-time TV BAFTA nominee, brings us the aptly titled X+Y film, his new film about autism and first feature, inspired by Morgan Matthews' documentary, Beautiful Young Minds, nominated for a BAFTA in 2007.
X+Y: film cast
Written by James Graham (author of the acclaimed National Theatre play This House) there's a fair bit of talent behind X+Y. Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender’s Game) stars alongside Rafe Spall (Life of Pi, Prometheus) and Oscar-nominated Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, Happy Go Lucky). Morgan Matthews' X+Y film about maths genius Nathan has, among other things, a great deal of heart. The film focuses on a boy with characteristics of mild autism, Nathan Ellis (Butterfield). Ellis struggles to connect with people, including his mother Julie (played by Hawkins), but finds solace in mathematics and and numbers. Under the mentoring of Martin Humphreys (Spall), an acerbic but caring teacher with Multiple Sclerosis, Nathan gains a place in the highly revered International Mathematics Olympiad, a life changing process not only for himself, but also for his mother.
X+Y: film review
What sets Morgan Matthews' film X+Y apart from many others on the subject is his emphasis on ‘the spectrum.’ One boy in his Beautiful Young Minds documentary takes issue with the idea that when people think of autistic people ‘they think of things like Rain Man,’ pointing out instead that ‘there are lots of different symptoms associated with the term and everybody has their own position on the spectrum.’
Shot by Danny Cohen (Les Miserables) and scored by Martin Phipps (The Honourable Woman, Brighton Rock), this looks set to be an upbeat but sensitive take on a difficult subject which simultaneously explores those timeless themes of human connection and love.
X+Y: film release date
The X+Y film release date is set for the 13th of March. Head to the Curzon Soho Q&A for special guest, X+Y director Morgan Matthews. Click here for full Curzon Soho listings.
Where to see X+Y in London
East: Where to see X+Y in East London: Hackney Picturehouse
The Hackney Pictureshouse shows a quirky mix of art-house and mainstream films. And with its buzzing bar and restaurant, it’s a great place to hang out before and after screenings.
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Central: Where to see X+Y in Central London: Curzon Soho
Central: Where to see Love is Strange in Central London: Curzon Soho
The cinema has a reputation for screening challenging and unusual films, as well as hosting Q&As with top directors and actors (Terry Gilliam made a recent appearance) and tempting customers with the delectable baked goods of Konditor and Cook.
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West: Where to see X+Y in West London: The Electric, Portobello
A combination of sumptuous red velvet seating (with front row beds!), gilded walls and old-school lamps give Notting iconic cinema a wonderful, time-warped atmosphere.
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North: Where to see X+Y in North London: Phoenix Picture house
One of Britain’s oldest continuously operating, purpose-built cinemas, the Phoenix is a beloved feature of North London life. Visitors can watch foreign, independent films and live ballet screenings in a splendid art deco theatre, complete with a stunning vaulted ceiling.
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South: Where to see X+Y in South London: The Ritzy
Brixton's historic Ritzy is known for its relaxed atmosphere and eclectic programme of art-house films, documentaries and Hollywood blockbusters. The range of craft beers on offer make The Ritzy a cut above the rest.
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If none of our suggestions take your fancy, check out the complete cinema listings for X+Y in London: X+Y film times, London
|What||X + Y, Curzon Soho Q&A|
99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5DY | MAP
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
On 13 Mar 15, 6.15pm film screening followed by Q&A
13 Mar 15 – 31 May 15, 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
|Website||Click here to book via the Curzon Soho website.|