Based on the stunning and inspirational biography of a genuine mathematical genius in the early twentieth century, this closing night gem is a treasured retelling of Srinivasa Ramanujan’s (Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire) life. Through sweeping period detail and compelling theory the film reiterates how important Ramanujan’s work was; following his life from meek beginnings in Madras to great renown in Cambridge where his knowledge proves both a blessing and a curse. Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons delivers a terrific and praised performance as Cambridge University Professor G.H. Hardy who, while initially resistant, is eventually inspired and captivated by the Indian mathematician’s ground breaking theories.
The complex evolution of their friendship is beautifully realised and as they transcend race and culture through mutual respect and understanding, Ramanujan’s trailblazing theories shine through the ignorance and prejudice around him.