Critics are calling Emma Thompson's latest emotional role the best ever

2018-08-17 14:23

Cape Town - Academy Award winning actress Emma Thompson and Oscar nominated Stanley Tucci star in an emotional drama set to hit screens very soon.

The Children Act is based on the 2014 novel written by Ian McEwan of the same name. 

It tells the story of Fiona Maye (Thompson), an eminent high court judge presiding over ethically complex cases. As the demands of her job cause her marriage to Jack (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.


The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. 

To prepare for the role Thompson spent time at the high court reports The Guardian

Speaking about the experience she said it was one of the greatest privileges.

"You suddenly realise that they are these godlike creatures in their robes walking around with this extraordinary power, and hardly any women have that kind of power in the world, ever, so you’re playing something very unusual, said Thompson. 

The film releases in SA cinemas on Friday, 21 September.

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