Today sees the release of The Children Act, the new film from Richard Eyre, adapted from the bestseller by the writer Ian McEwan (Atonement), and produced by Duncan Kenworthy.

The film stars Emma Thompson, Fionn Whitehead, Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin, Jason Watkins, Rosie Cavaliero and Nikki Amuka-Bird and is have received plaudits for Thompson’s performance in particular.

We present below the full press conference for the film, held in central London on the 15th of August.

The Children Act is released in the UK on the 24th of August, 2018. Here are our premiere interviews.

The Children Act Press Conference


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.