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 Family Division of 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 leukaemia. 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, may proceed 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 is being totally open about it. He claims that he has never stopped, and will never stop, loving her. He packs his bags and drives off. She carries on with work without making contact and changes the locks. He returns after two days. After letting him in, Fiona acts very coldly towards him, resulting in an argument between the two, after Fiona is seen to have been to the office of a divorce solicitor.

Cast

Emma Thompson
Fiona Maye
Stanley Tucci
Jack Maye
Fionn Whitehead
Adam Henry
Ben Chaplin
Kevin Henry
Eileen Walsh
Naomi Henry
Anthony Calf
Mark Berner
Nikki Amuka-Bird
Amadia Kalu QC
Jason Watkins
Nigel Pauling
Nicholas Jones
Professor Rodney Carter
Rosie Cavaliero
Marina Green
Rupert Vansittart
Sherwood Runcie
Andrew Havill
George
Honey Holmes
Director / Producer (as Angela Holmes)
Shaquille Ali-Yebuah
Jake
Hiten Patel
Lawyer
Michele Austin
Donna
Dominic Carter
Roger
Chris Wilson
Barrister
Stacha Hicks
Jill
Ty Hurley
High Court Judge
Anjana Vasan
Kate
Paul Jesson
Humphrey
Daniel Eghan
Fiona's Friend
Naomi Frederick
Amanda
Raphael Desprez
Twins Father
Wendy Nottingham
Laura
Deborah Rock
Passerby
Alex Blake
Director
Paul Bigley
Colin
Karl Farrer
Family uncle at funeral
Matt Jones
Fiona's Legal Friend
Simon Thorp
Hugh
Daniel Tuite
Sebastian
Robin Hooper
Butler
Rosie Boore
Sarah
Des McAleer
Jim The Porter
Patrick Brennan
Henry's Solicitor
Micah Balfour
Blackwell
Annarie Boor
Family Member
Claire Ashton
Journalist
Dywayne Thomas
Legal Type - Passersby
Ian Kelly
Mr. Soames
Howard Ward
Roy Whiting-Elder
Alex Felton
Toby
Syreeta Kumar
Moira
Julian Forsyth
Caradoc Bell
Flor Ferraco
Courtroom Artist
David Webber
Ted
Luana Di Pasquale
Fiona's friend
Tatjana Anders
Lucky Wife
Charlie Richards
Parish Priest
A.k. Steppa
Barrister
Daniel Fritz
German Journalist
Steve Broad
Barrister
Mara Ashton
Cellist
Henrietta Clemett
Phoebe
Debbie Cameron
Fiona's Friend
Sharon Bower
Master of Rolls
Manuela Maletta
Distressed mother
Avital Abergel
Twins Mother
Peter Forbes
James McLeish
Toni Beard
Protester
Melanie McLean
Battered Wife
Melody Green
Sally
Radhika Aggarwal
Emy
Zsoly Vatany
Office Nurse
Chris Garner
Listings Officer
Paul Kemble
Keith
Scott Davidson
Paul Rotman
Reena Lalbihari
Samaira
Amelie Green
Maisie
Janine Catterall
Senior Master of the Queen's Bench
Cathy Howse
Kathy
Ildiko Zonda
Violin Player
Michael Thomas
Michael Morrow
Sarah Somerville
Associate (as Sarah Jones)
Mark Taylor
Rich Man
Grace Crawford
Usher

About

The film The Children Act was scheduled to be released on September 9, 2017 (TIFF), on August 24, 2018 (United Kingdom), on August 30, 2018 (Germany) and on September 14, 2018 (United States) by A24, DirecTV Cinema, Entertainment One, GEM Entertainment, ARP Sélection, BIM Distribuzione, Cinéart, Shaw Organisation, Spentzos Films, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, Concorde Filmverleih, Concorde Home Entertainment, NOS Audiovisuais and Vértigo.

The duration of the film is 105 minutes. The film grossed over $11.6 million.

The film had received a "R" rating.

Rating

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

External links

Official website: thechildrenactfilm.com

IMDB: The Children Act

Wikipedia: The Children Act (film)

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