‘The Children Act’ opens at Cinema Art Theater Oct. 5

October 3, 2018

Starting Friday, Oct. 5, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present “The Children Act,” a sophisticated and compelling drama about a judge’s struggle with the power of her duty.

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 is whether to order a blood transfusion on the boy, a Jehovah's Witness who, just months short of his 18th 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.

Screening times are 4 p.m., Friday, Oct 5; 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 ; 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct 7; 1 p.m., Monday, Oct 8; 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct 10; 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct 11. Admission is $8 for members and $11 for future members. Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets online. If seats are available, tickets can be purchased at the theater, starting 30 minutes prior to each screening.

The mission of the RBFS is promoting cinematic arts and providing education and cultural enrichment for the community. The film society sponsors ongoing screenings, special events, and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (Nov. 1- 11). Having met all the requirements for best practices in nonprofit management, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute®. The Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, go to, or call 302-645-9095.