The Children Act: The Movie - By Ian McEwan and directed by Richard Eyre

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  • Xanthippe
    Yes his atheist and anti-religious feelings are well known. I look forward to the film.
  • darkspilver

    Looks like a very positive review in the Portuguese newspaper Diário de Notícias - major article with picture that appeared on page 29 in today's (September 11, 2017) version of the PRINT newspaper.

    Also it seems that the film has a distribution deal for Portugal.

    FWIW the title of the film (and the book) is a reference to the 1989 UK Act of Parliament of the same name. I understand that in non-English territories it is being renamed. Thus in Portuguese it is: A Balada de Adam Henry / The Ballad of Adam Henry.

    Ian McEwan well served by Emma Thompson

    Diário de Notícias, Monday, September 11, 2017 (via Google Translate)

    An instant triumph. The Children Act is further evidence that Ian McEwan's prose generally provides good cinema. The film is leveraged by a sober and powerful interpretation of Emma Thompson, a judge facing a moral dilemma when she has to decide on a case where a family of Jehovah's Witnesses refuses to have their child treated by blood transfusion.


  • respectful_observer

    "Apostasy" and "The Children Act"... anyone else think it's remarkable that there are TWO feature length films included at a top tier international film festival that are focused on a tiny Christian sect that makes up far less than 1% of the general population?

  • darkspilver

    Looks like it's been picked up for distribution in the US now....

    A24 & DirecTV Acquire Emma Thompson Pic 'The Children Act'

    Deadline Hollywood, Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    EXCLUSIVE: A24 and DirecTV have teamed to acquire U.S. rights on The Children Act, the Richard Eyre-directed drama that premiered in the Toronto Film Festival’s Special Presentations section Saturday at the Elgin Theatre. The film stars Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Dunkirk‘s Fionn Whitehead, and has drawn strong reviews for Thompson’s performance.

    Pic ups the ante of the A24-DirecTV partnership, as the film will be released next year but will be qualified for 2019 awards season. The deal was made by CAA for FilmNation, BBC Films and the filmmakers. Pic is produced by Love Actually‘s Duncan Kenworthy. Ian McEwan adapted the script from his novel.


  • Phizzy

    Dear Respectful_observer,

    It is unusual, unprecedented in fact, to have two Films of this sort in one decade, let alone one year !

    I reckon that as Scientology has been done to death, by Leah Rimini and others, the Mormons have had the Musical taking the piss out of them, the JW Org was ripe for a little attention !

    I certainly hope both Films reach a wide audience, and engender more Publicity which will expose the Org for what they are.

  • stan livedeath
    stan livedeath

    armageddon must be very close now

  • Xanthippe

    What's the UK release date? I can't find anything about it at cineworld or odeon.

  • slimboyfat

    I like Ian McEwan, one of the few novelists I bother to read: Saturday, Cement Garden, Amsterdam, On Chelsil Beach. He specialises in writing about how chance events can change the course of a person's life, especially in his most famous works, Enduring Love and Atonement, both made into popular films.

    I've not read The Children Act yet, but I gather it centres on a judge's encounter with a young JW needing a blood transfusion and how it alters her life. McEwan is known for doing lots of research for his novels. But I gather in this novel he made some basic mistakes about JWs.

  • Ruby456

    it is one of his more disappointing books but I intend to see the film

  • darkspilver

    Xanthippe: What's the UK release date?

    I don't believe it has one. The article above says that it is going to aim for the 2019 awards season - that would indicate a release date sometime during 2018.

    A bit more PR....

    It's Friday! Baz Bamigboye

    The Daily Mail, Friday, September 15, 2017 (UK print edition)

    Watch out for . . . Emma Thompson, who exudes luminosity with a breathtaking performance (so brilliant I saw it twice within 24 hours) as a High Court judge in Richard Eyre’s film The Children Act, which the director made using Ian McEwan’s own adaptation of his novel. It’s a study of betrayal, wisdom, religion, love, and a 17-year-old lad - played with fierce intelligence by Fionn Whitehead (the young newcomer who’s the main focus of Christopher Nolan’s masterful Dunkirk). He and his parents (who, like him, are Jehovah’s Witnesses) are seeking court action to prevent him from being forced to have a life-saving blood transfusion. Meanwhile, Ms Thompson is back in the UK, after visiting Toronto for the film festival, to shoot Johnny English 3 (she plays the Prime Minister). Amusingly - to me, at least - her judge in The Children Act is called... Mrs Maye.


    Emma Thompson on ‘The Children Act’ And Why Britain’s Top Female Judges Have “A Killer Job”

    Deadline Hollywood, September 14, 2017

    When the filmmaking team came by Deadline’s studio, McEwan recalled that the inspiration for the original novel came from having dinner one evening with a tableful of judges. “I was handed a book of judgments,” he said. “Which sounds very biblical! I started reading it, and I realized that this was a fantastic resource of exquisite and sometimes terrible human dramas and dilemmas that the secular state has to resolve.” Director Richard Eyre said that casting the film was surprisingly easy. “Casting is always a lottery,” he laughed, “but in this case there was either Emma or the film didn’t get made.” To research the role, Thompson consulted real-life female High Court judges, whom she declared to be her new heroines on account of “the level of the workload, and the life and death situations they have to deal with”. “It’s a killer job,” she decided.


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