Based on the best-selling novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement) and brought to the big screen by director Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris), 'The Children Act' tells the story of Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson), an eminent high court judge presiding over ethically complex cases. As the demands of her job cause her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) to reach tipping point, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a brilliant young boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds. With her private life in turmoil, Fiona finds herself drawn into the case, taking the unorthodox step of halting proceedings in order to visit Adam in hospital. As the two form a profound connection and powerful emotions come to light, Fiona's judgement is put to the test with momentous consequences as she must ultimately decide whether Adam lives or dies.


A wonderful sensitive performance from Emma Thompson helps lift The Children Act above a run of the mill Sunday evening BBC drama. With a fine supporting cast The Children Act is an emotional and well told story that is guaranteed to have cinema goers reaching for their hankies.

Highly recommended.

The Children Act (12A)

1h 45m

Director: Richard Eyre
Starring: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead

UK Release: Friday 24th August 2018

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