THE CHILDREN ACT

Director: Richard Eyre
Cast: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead
Producer: Duncan Kenworthy, BBC Films
Writer: Ian McEwan Based on his novel of the same name

In Post-Production

Fiona Maye (Thompson) is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law. But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage to American professor Jack (Tucci) is at a breaking point.

In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Whitehead), a brilliant boy who is refusing the blood transfusion that will save his life. Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live?

Fiona visits Adam in the hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.