Percelle Ascott shoots X+Y

Date - 6 August, 2013, All News Film

Percelle Ascott is currently filming for X+Y, the new feature film helmed by Morgan Matthews for Origin Pictures.

At its core, X+Y is a heartwarming coming of age story; a young maths genius has his logic thwarted by the one thing he can’t understand…love. The narrative 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 China – the “mecca of maths”. 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, and has to cope with falling in love – the most irrational thing of all.
The film is inspired by Morgan Matthews’ BAFTA nominated documentary Beautiful Young Minds that charted the incredible journey of the brightest young brains of Britain. X+Y is a touching, heroic and funny story of young people triumphing in the only language they truly speak: mathematics.

The film is due for release next year.


Percelle leads in Netflix series The Innocents.

He trained at The Brit School. Screen credits include Tickle Monster for Film 4, co-lead in the BBC series Wizards Vs Aliens, and series regular for E4 series Youngers.

Percelle is co-writer and founder of the online platform The Wall of Comedy. Since its launch in 2015 the platform has spanned over 5 billion views, reaching over 107,000,000 people per week.

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