The Children Act (2017)

Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is intensely dedicated to her profession, never finding time to have her own children while fully assuming the immense responsibility of making life-and-death decisions about the children of others. As Fiona is about to embark on one of the most challenging cases of her career, Jack (Stanley Tucci) her neglected and increasingly frustrated husband, makes a shocking revelation, sending her into an emotional tailspin. The case in question concerns seventeen-year-old Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a Jehovah’s Witness suffering from leukemia, whose life could be saved by a simple blood transfusion, but who is refusing on religious grounds. Though just months shy of his eighteenth birthday, when he could legally choose for himself, Adam’s fate instead rests with Fiona, who, uncertain in her decision, makes the unusual move of leaving her courtroom to visit Adam’s hospital bedside. Their encounter forges a profound and unexpected connection, leading them both to challenge their beliefs, evaluate their choices, and grapple with the ultimate question of what constitutes right and wrong.

Genres: Drama

Country: UK

Language: English

Release Date: 14 September 2018 (USA)

Filming Locations: Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

Director: Richard Eyre

Writers: Ian McEwan (screenplay by), Ian McEwan (based on the novel by)

Stars: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead


Emma Thompson Emma Thompson Fiona Maye
Stanley Tucci Stanley Tucci Jack Maye
Fionn Whitehead Fionn Whitehead Adam Henry
Ben Chaplin Ben Chaplin Kevin Henry
Rosie Cavaliero Rosie Cavaliero Marina Green
Jason Watkins Jason Watkins Nigel Pauling
Nikki Amuka-Bird Nikki Amuka-Bird Amadia Kalu QC
Rupert Vansittart Rupert Vansittart Sherwood Runcie
Anthony Calf Anthony Calf Mark Berner
Honey Holmes Honey Holmes Director / Producer (as Angela Holmes)
Nicholas Jones Nicholas Jones Professor Rodney Carter
Andrew Havill Andrew Havill George
Eileen Walsh Eileen Walsh Naomi Henry
Michele Austin Michele Austin Donna
Hiten Patel Hiten Patel Lawyer

Review Scores

  • IMDb Rating - 7
  • Metacritics - 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes - 7
  • Wants to see - 10