On Chesil Beach isn’t the only high-profile Ian McEwan book adaptation to hit the big screen this year. The first trailer for The Children Act, Richard Eyre’s take on the book of the same name which premiered to critical acclaim at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, has been rated last night by Alberta Film Ratings. Given On Chesil Beach‘s release this weekend, expect the trailer online as soon as in the next few days…stay tuned for more soon.

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Fiona Maye is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law. But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage to American professor Jack is at breaking-point. In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam, a brilliant boy who is refusing the blood transfusion which will save his life. Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live? Fiona visits Adam in hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long‐buried feelings in her.

Starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Fionn Whitehead, the film is released August 24 in the UK, with a U.S. date to be announced.

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