- Category: Arts & Culture
- Published: Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:31
- Written by Nita Teoh
What would it feel like to be responsible for making a critical life or death decision for another person?
This is the question posed in the movie The Children Act, adapted from the novel by Booker Prize-winning author Ian McEwan.
We stand in the shoes of high court judge Fiona Maye (acted by Emma Thompson) as she is tasked with making the legal decision in the courts as to whether a young 17 year old boy who has leukaemia should receive a blood transfusion that will enable him to live. He and his parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses and receiving another’s blood is not in accordance with their beliefs.
The story told in this movie is thought provoking and provides a glimpse into the inner world of Judge Fiona Maye (also known as “My Lady”) and the complexities of her high pressure job as she navigates this complex issue to arrive at a decision.