The Children Act — International Trailer


added: Fri, Jun 1st '18

Oscar-winner Emma Thompson plays a British high court judge presiding over an ethically complex and emotionally difficult court case in the new international trailer for "The Children Act."

The forthcoming British drama is written by "Atonement" author Ian McEwan and is also based on his 2014 novel of the same name. The film is directed by Richard Eyre, the acclaimed English director of "Notes on a Scandal" and "Iris."

Here, Thompson stars opposite Oscar-nominated actor Stanley Tucci, who is playing her frustratingly unhappy husband.

After she is assigned to work on a controversial and highly publicized court case, in which a Jehovah's Witness family have decided not to give their dying teenage son (played by "Dunkirk" actor Fionn Whitehead) a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds, High Court judge Fiona Maye (Thompson) is not only faced with making a difficult final ruling at work, but also a difficult decision in her personal life, concerning her faltering marriage.

Co-starring Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line) and Eileen Walsh (TV's Patrick Melrose) as the boy's parents, "The Children Act" will open theatrically in the U.K. on August 24th.

"When a court determines any question with respect to the upbringing of a child, the child's welfare shall be the court's paramount consideration." The Children Act, 1989

Based on the much-loved novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement) and brought to the big screen by director Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris), THE CHILDREN ACT is a compelling and powerful drama telling 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.


directed by   Richard Eyre

starring   Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead, Ben Chaplin, Eileen Walsh

release date   August 24, 2018 (U.K. release)

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