So I have just seen the trailer for The Children Act, and rushed to social media to share it with you all. So after that, I had to jump on here and share the link with you as well.
A quote from the trailer, “I am always too busy, the law can take over your life”.
You need to watch this trailer, watch below or click here now.
It looks at the legal system, but also looks at Jehovah’s Witnesses and how they don’t accept other people’s blood etc. A topic covered in great depth on many a medical law module.
It opens the world to the legal discussions and debates that go on, it also shows how heartwrenching these decisions can be for those involved, and that includes the lawyers and judges. It also shows people what judges really think about topics like this, and I don’t mean that as a generalisation.
Over the last year the nation has been gripped with medical ethics newstories, about ending treatments on very poorly children, and multiple others. For years we have also watched the stories of those fighting for changes to assisted dying laws for people suffering from degenerative conditions etc.
I am so pleased that people are reading and speaking about these topics. I am pleased that this film highlights (or hopefully will when I see the full film) that it isn’t an inpersonable decision, and that lawyers and judges don’t just feel nothing.
These are highly emotive situations, and ultimately they have to go with what sits best in relation to the welfare of the child. And sometimes, that means that the decision made, is not what the family or millions of media supporters want to see. But it is ultimately, given the circumstances, what is best for the child.
The full information from the official trailer is here:
Starring EMMA THOMPSON, STANLEY TUCCI, FIONN WHITEHEAD
Based on the acclaimed novel by IAN MCEWAN.
Directed by RICHARD EYRE Written by IAN MCEWAN
“When a court determines any question with respect to the upbringing of a child, the child’s welfare shall be the court’s paramount consideration.” The Children Act, 1989
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.
I can’t wait to go and watch it, so far they are saying it is being released in August 2018. As soon as I have dates I will let you know!