Rafe Spall went back to school to play a troubled maths teacher in his latest film X+Y.

The actor plays the dishevelled, scruffy-bearded characte Mr Humphreys in the heart-rending story of Nathan (Asa Butterfield), a teenage maths prodigy who is on the autistic spectrum and struggles to form bonds with others, including his widowed mother Julie (Oscar-nominated actress Sally Hawkins).

He’s taken under the wing of Mr Humphreys, who recognises Nathan’s gift for numbers and helps him land a place on the UK team at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO).

We see Nathan build relationships and get confronted by unexpected challenges, as he travels with the team to a training camp in Taiwan, and then returns to England for the contest.

Mr Humphreys has his own struggles too, having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis [MS].

In celebration of geniuses depicted in film we have chosen five more fab films:

1. Amadeus (1984)
Set in Vienna, this film depicts the life of celebrated composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (played by Tom Hulce), from the point of view of his rival, Antonio Salieri.

2. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
This Russell Crowe drama is loosely based on the life of economics whizz and Nobel prize-winner John Nash. It picked up four Oscars, including Best Picture.

3. Good Will Hunting (1997)
Will Hunting (Matt Damon) is a troubled janitor with a phenomenal memory, with Robin Williams playing his therapist. Damon’s close friend Ben Affleck co-stars in the film, which the pair wrote together.

4. The Theory Of Everything (2014)
Eddie Redmayne puts in an Oscar-winning performance in this biopic, about celebrated physicist Professor Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane (Felicity Jones).

5. The Imitation Game (2014)
Alan Turing’s brilliant codebreaking work at Bletchley Park and his tragic demise form the focus of this film, which earned leading man Benedict Cumberbatch an Oscar nomination.

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