Beautiful Young Minds

Beautiful Young Minds was a documentary first shown at the BRITDOC Festival on 26 July 2007[1][2] and first broadcast on BBC 2 on 14 October 2007.[3] The documentary follows the selection process and training for the U.K. team to compete in the 2006 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), as well as the actual event in Slovenia. Many of the young mathematicians featured in the film had a form of autism, which the documentary links to mathematical ability. The team goes on to win numerous medals at the IMO, including four silver and one bronze. It was directed by Morgan Matthews, edited by Joby Gee and featured music by Sam Hooper. It was also screened at the Bath Film Festival in October 2007. The documentary inspired the 2014 film X+Y, which was also directed by Morgan Matthews, based on IMO participant Daniel Lightwing.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Beautiful Young Minds
The words "BEAUTIFUL YOUNG MINDS" written in a white font on a black background.
GenreTelevision documentary
Directed byMorgan Matthews
ComposerSam Hooper
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersRichard Klein
Edmund Coulthard
Grant McKee
ProducerDavid Brindley
Production locationsUnited Kingdom
EditorJoby Gee
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time90 minutes
Production companyBlast! Films
Original networkBBC Two
Picture formatPAL (576i)
Original release14 October 2007 (2007-10-14)


Year Award Category Result
2007 Prix Europa Television Documentary Nominated
2008 British Academy Television Awards Best Single Documentary Nominated
RTS Craft & Design Award Best Tape and Film Editing: Documentary/Factual Nominated
RTS Television Award Best Observational Documentary Nominated


  1. ^ "The Schedule". The BRITDOC Foundation. 26 July 2007. Archived from the original on 2 October 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Watching Films". The BRITDOC Foundation. 26 July 2007. Archived from the original on 2 October 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Kidult: Beautiful Young Minds". BBC. 14 October 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  4. ^ Newby, Dr Jonica (28 August 2008). "The World of Asperger's". Government of Australia. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Asperger teenager's inspiring story hits big screen". Yorkshire Post. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  6. ^ Hutchinson, Charles (19 March 2015). "Meet the York College student who inspired the film X+Y". Newsquest Media Group and Gannett Company. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. ^ Butter, Susannah (19 March 2015). "'With Asperger's you put on a mask to pretend you're normal': Daniel Lightwing on how the film of his life helps take the stigma out of autism". Alexander Lebedev. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. ^ Lightwing, Daniel (11 May 2015). "Early Childhood and an Introduction to Maths". HuffPost. AOL. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  9. ^ Baron-Cohen, Simon (September 2015). "Autism, maths, and sex: the special triangle". The Lancet. Elsevier. 2 (9): 790–791. doi:10.1016/S2215-0366(15)00397-1. Retrieved 29 June 2016.

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