Watch the Film Exclusively on DIRECTV CINEMA®

AT&T* is giving DIRECTV customers an exclusive look at “The Children Act” directed by BAFTA Nominee and longtime Royal National Theater head Richard Eyre (“Notes On A Scandal”). The film is based on the screenplay and novel written by Ian McEwan (“Atonement”) and stars Academy Award®-Winner Emma Thompson, Academy Award®-Nominee Stanley Tucci and newcomer Fionn Whitehead (“Dunkirk”).

“The Children Act” debuted at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Watch it now, exclusively on DIRECTV CINEMA before it arrives in theaters on Aug. 16.

The plot

As her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) founders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) has a life-changing decision to make at work - should she force a teenage boy, Adam (Fionn Whitehead), to have the blood transfusion that will save his life?  Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.

Tune in

“The Children Act” will be available for 72-hour rental. View it in: 

  • 1080p HD (Blu-ray format) for $10.99.
  •  Standard-definition (SD) for $9.99.

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