The Children Act is a 2017 drama film directed by Richard Eyre.

Official trailers

A24 on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 released the trailer:
The Children Act | Official Trailer | A24.

Story intro

Fiona Maye is a judge in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales. A case is brought before her involving a 17-year-old boy, Adam Henry, who is suffering from leukemia. Adam's doctors want to perform a blood transfusion, as that will allow them to use more drugs to cure him. However, Adam and his parents are Jehovah's Witnesses, and believe that having a blood transfusion is against biblical principles. Fiona goes to the hospital to see Adam. The two talk, with Fiona attempting to determine what it is that Adam really wants, and whether he has been persuaded by his parents. Adam starts to play "Down by the Salley Gardens", which Fiona then sings. Adam is very drawn to Fiona, and begs her not to leave. Fiona nevertheless leaves, and returns to court. She rules that, as a matter of law, Adam's welfare is the "paramount consideration" and declares that the medical treatment, including blood transfusion, is lawful despite the absence of Adam's consent and that of his parents. Meanwhile, Fiona's marriage is failing. Her husband, Jack, has said that he wants to have an affair with a colleague. He has become tired of Fiona constantly working and never having time for him. He says that he will have an affair, but will be totally open about it. He claims that he has never stopped, and will never stop, loving her. He leaves for two days. When he returns, Fiona acts very coldly towards him, resulting in an argument between the two, after Fiona consults a divorce solicitor. The transfusion is successful, and Adam is released from the hospital. He leaves many messages for Fiona, saying that she has changed the way that he thinks about the world. He follows her to work one day, and gives her various poems and letters that he has written. She tells him to stop following her, as he is still young and has his whole life in front of him. Next, Fiona travels to Newcastle, and Adam follows her there. He tells her that he wants to live with her, as he does not understand why his parents were happy for him to die. Fiona sends him back to London.


Emma Thompson
Fiona Maye, the Honourable Mrs Justice Maye DBE
Stanley Tucci
Jack Maye
Fionn Whitehead
Adam Henry
Ben Chaplin
Kevin Henry
Eileen Walsh
Naomi Henry
Anthony Calf
Mark Berner
Jason Watkins
Nigel Pauling
Nicholas Jones
Professor Rodney Carter
Rosie Cavaliero
Marina Green


The film The Children Act was scheduled to be released by A24, DirecTV Cinema and Entertainment One on September 9, 2017 (TIFF), on August 24, 2018 (United Kingdom) and on September 14, 2018 (United States).

The duration of the film is 105 minutes. The film grossed over $11,6 million.

The film had received a "R" rating.


The Children Act got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film.

External links

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