"The Children Act" is a 2017 drama film directed by Richard Eyre.
The starring cast includes Emma Thompson as Fiona Maye, Stanley Tucci as Jack Maye, Fionn Whitehead as Adam Henry, Ben Chaplin as Kevin Henry, Jason Watkins as Nigel Pauling, Nikki Amuka-Bird as Amadia Kalu QC, Anthony Calf as Mark Berner, Rosie Cavaliero as Marina Green, Eileen Walsh as Naomi Henry, Nicholas Jones as Professor Rodney Carter and others.

Here are "The Children Act" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for The Children Act movie?

A24 on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 released the trailer for "The Children Act" you can watch here:
The Children Act | Official Trailer | A24.

Plot summary

What is The Children Act movie plot?

Here is a short review of "The Children Act" movie plot summary.

Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) 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 (Fionn Whitehead), 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 (Stanley Tucci), 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.


Who plays who in the The Children Act movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "The Children Act" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Emma Thompson  as Fiona Maye the Honourable Mrs Justice Maye DBE
Stanley Tucci  as Jack Maye Fiona's husband and an academic
Fionn Whitehead  as Adam Henry a 17 year old Jehovah's Witness with leukaemia
Ben Chaplin  as Kevin Henry
Jason Watkins  as Nigel Pauling Fiona Maye's clerk
Nikki Amuka-Bird  as Amadia Kalu QC a barrister representing the Henry family
Anthony Calf  as Mark Berner a barrister and friend of Fiona's, representing the hospital
Rosie Cavaliero  as Marina Green Adam's guardian ad litem
Eileen Walsh  as Naomi Henry
Nicholas Jones  as Professor Rodney Carter
Rupert Vansittart  as Sherwood Runcie
Michele Austin  as Donna
Des McAleer  as Jim The Porter
Anjana Vasan  as Kate
Dominic Carter  as Roger
Andrew Havill  as George
Ian Kelly  as Mr. Soames
Honey Holmes  as Director / Producer (as Angela Holmes)
Wendy Nottingham  as Laura
Chris Wilson  as Barrister
Paul Jesson  as Humphrey
Naomi Frederick  as Amanda
Dywayne Thomas  as Legal Type - Passersby
Stacha Hicks  as Jill
Simon Thorp  as Hugh
Matt Beauman-Jones  as Fiona's Legal Friend (as Matt Jones)
Daniel Tuite  as Sebastian
Claire Ashton  as Journalist
Howard Ward  as Roy Whiting-Elder
Alex Blake  as Director
Paul Bigley  as Colin
Hiten Patel  as Lawyer
Karl Farrer  as Family uncle at funeral
Robin Hooper  as Butler
Patrick Brennan  as Henry's Solicitor
Micah Balfour  as Blackwell
Daniel Eghan  as Fiona's Friend
Ty Hurley  as High Court Judge
Syreeta Kumar  as Moira
Flor Ferraco  as Courtroom Artist
Annarie Boor  as Family Member
Deborah Rock  as Passerby
A.k. Steppa  as Barrister
Alex Felton  as Toby
Raphael Desprez  as Twins Father
David Webber  as Ted
Shaquille Ali-Yebuah  as Jake
Rosie Boore  as Sarah
Tatjana Anders  as Lucky Wife
Henrietta Clemett  as Phoebe
Sharon Bower  as Master of Rolls
Mara Ashton  as Cellist
Julian Forsyth  as Caradoc Bell
John Jesper  as Fiona's Party Guest
Amelie Green  as Maisie
Charlie Richards  as Parish Priest
Daniel Fritz  as German Journalist
Toni Beard  as Protester
Reena Lalbihari  as Samaira
Steve Broad  as Barrister
Melanie McLean  as Battered Wife
Michael Norton  as Paul Rotman (as Scott Davidson)
Radhika Aggarwal  as Emy
Peter Forbes  as James McLeish
Avital Abergel  as Twins Mother
Luana Di Pasquale  as Fiona's friend
Janine Catterall  as Senior Master of the Queen's Bench
Grace Crawford  as Usher
Melody Green  as Sally
Zsoly Vatany  as Office Nurse
Debbie Cameron  as Fiona's Friend
Chris Garner  as Listings Officer
Paul Kemble  as Keith
Cathy Howse  as Kathy
Mark Taylor  as Rich Man
Michael Thomas  as Michael Morrow
Sarah Somerville  as Associate (as Sarah Jones)
Ildiko Zonda  as Violin Player
Manuela Maletta  as Distressed mother

Release date

When is The Children Act movie release date?

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


What are The Children Act filming details?

The duration of the film is 105 minutes. The film grossed over $17.7 million.

"The Children Act" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.


What are critics and audiences saying about The Children Act movie?

"The Children Act" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.7/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 74/100. The audience also likes the film.

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