Enola Holmes (2020)
Millie Bobby Brown's latest film gives Sherlock Holmes a run for his money, giving the hero a much-needed feminist update. Netflix's Enola Holmes, adapted from the six-book series by Nancy Springer, follows the teenage sister—played by Brown—of the already-famous Sherlock Holmes, who goes to London in search of her mother who has disappeared. She quickly becomes a super-sleuth, outwitting her famous brother as she unravels a conspiracy that "threatens to set back the course of history."
Queen of Katwe (2016)
The 2012 book Queen of Katwe was transformed into a 2016 film by Mira Nair, depicting the life of 10-year-old Ugandan chess player Phiona Mutesi growing up in the slums of Katwe. Phiona, played by Madina Nalwanga, would frequent the local centre where chess is taught by Robert Katende, played by actor David Oyelowo. At first, the young prodigy plays the game to get a free meal for attending class, but quickly realises her love and talent for the game could drastically change her and her family's life.
Searching For Bobby Fischer (1994)
Inspired by real-life chess prodigy, Searching For Bobby Fischer was based on Fred Waitzkin's book of the same name, detailing his son Josh's journey through the world of chess. As the title suggests, the character searches to adopt the ideal of legendary chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer and his determination to win at all costs. For the real chess followers in the room, plenty of the game's famous players have brief cameos in the film, including Anjelina Belakovskaia and Kamran Shirazi, along with the real Joshua Waitzkin.
A classic that can't be overlooked when it comes to child prodigies, Matilda follows the story of a young girl stuck at home all day with her scamming family, who discovers she has telekinetic powers. Matilda Wormwood uses her unlikely object-moving capabilities to take down the bullies at her school—the worst of whom is the headmaster, Miss Trunchbull—and forges a better future for herself and her teacher Miss Honey.