The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) is assisting to promote the film “X+Y” in the interest of creating awareness of the Trust and its work, supporting the study of mathematics and profiling the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO).

"X+Y" has received wide critical acclaim at film festivals and is scheduled for release in local cinemas around Australia on 9 April 2015. It is a comedy drama, set against the background of mathematical Olympiads.

Directed by BAFTA award winner, Morgan Matthews, who also made the BBC documentary “Beautiful Minds”, the film has an excellent cast which includes Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, An Education), Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Hugo), Rafe Spall (Life of Pi, Prometheus), Jo Yang and Eddie Marsan (War Horse, Sherlock Holmes).

“X+Y” follows Nathan, an awkward, idiosyncratic teenager, grappling with the sudden death of the one person who understood him; his father. As he struggles to connect with those around him, he is introduced to an anarchic and unconventional maths teacher who takes Nathan under his wing.

Soon Nathan finds himself selected for the UK Mathematics Squad and, against the odds, representing his country in Taipei. Over there, the academically gifted aren't bullied but celebrated, envied and even invited to parties. Nathan's rational brain can cope with the most complex of maths problems just fine, the real test comes when he meets his female exchange partner, Zhang Mei, and has to cope with falling in love; the most irrational thing of all.

It is hoped that this film will encourage more young people to become involved in maths competitions, and more people and organisations to come forward to help us to develop and expand mathematical Olympiads. We highly recommend this film to you, your friends and families. 

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