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The Children Act (12A)

Thu 18 October

ZZ The Children Act (12A)

Adapted by Ian McEwan from his own novel. Directed by Richard Eyre.

This moving drama follows an eminent High Court judge for whom professional and personal crises collide as she approaches a critical ruling.

Even as her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) founders, widely admired judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) has
a life-changing decision to make at work, namely: should she force Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a 17-year-old with
leukaemia, to have the blood transfusion that will save his life against his parents’, and perhaps his, beliefs?

To the court’s surprise, Judge Maye decides to see Adam in hospital before delivering her verdict. But this unorthodox
move will have profound ramifications both professionally and personally, as her visit stirs new emotions in the boy
and long-buried memories in her.

Immaculately directed, meticulously calibrated, Eyre’s restrained and nuanced drama is in many ways reminiscent
of 2017’s painful deliberations over the Charlie Gard case, giving it an additional contemporary relevance and weight.

It’s also immeasurably aided by a stylish, intelligent and emotionally literate performance from Thompson, who
hasn’t enjoyed a role this rich in some time and excels in her articulation of Fiona’s troubled emotional world and moral


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Thu 18 October






£4.50 adv & on door