Flagstaff Premiere: The Children Act


Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2017
Run Time:105 minutes
Production Country:United Kingdom/United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Richard Eyre
Cast:Emma Thompson
Stanley Tucci
Fionn Whitehead


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Flagstaff premiere of the acclaimed new film “The Children Act” on Wednesday, Jan. 9 as part of the festival’s monthly Flagstaff Cinema Series. There will be one screening of the film at 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Flagstaff 16 Theatres.

Smart, elegant, and deeply moving, “The Children Act” stars two-time Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson in a riveting performance as Fiona Maye, a British High Court judge who, in the midst of a marital crisis, must rule on a life-changing legal case concerning the survival of a teenage boy.

At issue: whether to order a blood transfusion on the boy (Fionn Whitehead, “Dunkirk”), a Jehovah's Witness who, just months short of his eighteenth birthday, is refusing on religious grounds the procedure that would save his life.

Adapted by Ian McEwan from his own novel, and directed by Richard Eyre, “The Children Act” is a deeply affecting portrait of strength, devotion, and love, with the incomparable Emma Thompson giving one of the very best performances of her career.

“Emma Thompson never disappoints, nailing every nuance of a judge who lets the world in at the cost of losing her own judgment. This is acting of the highest order.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“This drama offers another sterling performance by one of the screen's greatest actresses.” – Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media

“Two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson delivers one of the most moving performances of her career.” – Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

A representative from the NAU Philosophy Department and Philosophy in the Public Interest will lead a discussion following the film screening.