Fiona fights to hold her family together after husband is accused of owning child pornography.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Statement (2003)
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Tale of a former Nazi executioner who becomes a target of hit men and Police investigators.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton, Alan Bates
Carrington (1995)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The platonic relationship between artist Dora Carrington and writer Lytton Strachey in the early 20th century.

Director: Christopher Hampton
Stars: Emma Thompson, Jonathan Pryce, Steven Waddington
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Director Michael Winterbottom (Northam) attempts to shoot the adaptation of Laurence Sterne's essentially unfilmable novel, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman."

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Steve Coogan, Jeremy Northam, Rob Brydon
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior has little time or affection for his son, but when the pair visit an eccentric Indian, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.

Director: Toa Fraser
Stars: Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown
New Worlds (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The 1680s bring a new king, Restoration and more tyranny. In Massachusetts, a robber's son falls for an anti-monarchist. In England, young lady falls for an outlaw.

Stars: Pip Carter, Phil Cheadle, Holli Dempsey
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A timid, insecure popular author with an overly-attentive professor husband decide to write an erotic novel. With encouragement from her sister and a bi-sexual friend, she goes to France ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Skeet
Stars: Parker Posey, Jeremy Northam, Craig Chester
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A man marries an heiress for her money even though he is actually in love with her friend.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Uma Thurman, Jeremy Northam, Kate Beckinsale
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Eight years ago, Gavin artistic son of an Scots/Italian ice-cream dynasty, turned his back on Glasgow and moved south to London to make his name illustrating children's books. Now, ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Schwartz
Stars: Peter Capaldi, Frances Barber, Catherine Russell
Wish Me Luck (1987–1990)
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The second world war experiences of brave women recruited as undercover agents behind enemy lines.

Stars: Jane Asher, Michael J. Jackson, Kate Buffery
Guy X (2005)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A black comedy set in 1979, about a soldier mistakenly posted to an Arctic military base.

Director: Saul Metzstein
Stars: Jason Biggs, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Northam
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jim Caviezel stars as golf legend Bobby Jones, the icon who retired from competition at the tender age of 28.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: Jim Caviezel, Claire Forlani, Jeremy Northam
The Payback (2009)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Jeremy Northam portrays a real estate tycoon, while Fionnula Flanagan plays the matriarch of the Lazarov family, in this psychological thriller.

Director: Olivier Bonas
Stars: Fionnula Flanagan, Sergey Gubanov, Kate Miles
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Fiona
...
Charlie
...
Simon
Rebecca Palmer ...
DI Brewster
Matthew Pidgeon ...
DI Harper
Blair Fiander ...
Sally
Natasha Watson ...
Alice
Mhairi Anderson ...
Edith
...
Julie
...
Emma
Morag Siller ...
Mrs Shepherd
...
Helen
...
Edward
...
Solicitor
Toby Ross-Bryant ...
Social Worker
Edit

Storyline

Fiona fights to hold her family together after husband is accused of owning child pornography.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 August 2008 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The song that Fiona and the rest of the choir sing in the final scene is "The Good Old Way", also known as "Sweet Hope of Glory". See more »

Crazy Credits

Statement in opening titles: "The following is a work of fiction inspired by many true stories". See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Engaging and painful drama despite a so-so ending
11 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Fiona lives in suburbia as a housewife to her hard-working (and, it must be said, inattentive) husband Simon and her daughters. Their normal life is disrupted one morning when the police arrive to question Simon and seize his computers under suspicions oh him accessing child pornography. The police build their case and proceed with prosecutions while Fiona frantically tries to hold her family together and deal with her own feelings of betrayal, mistrust and fear.

In a spot normally reserved for comforting, cocooning dramas such as Marple and the like, this film was put out to viewers finishing their weekends. I say this just to make note of it as it did surprise me that such a harrowing film would be in this slot as opposed to midweek (for example) but I have no issues with it at all even if I'm surprised the schedulers made this call. The film doesn't really deal with child pornography as an issue and it doesn't concern itself too much with the machinations of the legal process but, as the title suggests, it tells the story of the family members who suddenly find themselves married to/living with someone who has been looking at images of child abuse. It doesn't sound like a great Sunday night in and nor should it because it is a distressing piece thanks mainly to a great performance from Gina McKee. She dominates the film and is utterly convincing with a strong script that takes her through all sorts of emotions, the vast majority of which feel very real.

With this as the "narrative" it was very important to get this right and the writers do. By taking Fiona on a journey of emotion, the viewer gets taken on one as well and it does make for tough questions; I'm sure there will be some who get frustrated after 10 minutes that Fiona didn't feel a certain way immediately and make a stand (the Radio Times letters page was amusing the next week) but to me this aspect did work and made for engaging television. Morally I think most of us know our view on child pornography and that it probably contains the word "abhorrent" but this is very different to being personally affected by it and not able to stand remote and judge someone without any impact on your situation – some viewers have missed that this is what the film is looking at but I don't think that is the film's fault. What IS the film's fault is a rather lacklustre ending which just seems to "stop"; this is partly down to the focus being on Fiona and not the case – so while the case has an ending, her story does not, but still I did think that the writers would have done better with the final five minutes.

Equally as good as McKee is Jeremy Northam, and credit to him for doing the role as few "stars" (which is what he is beyond the UK) would risk such an unsympathetic character but he does it well. The children are all natural as well and were well cast, but I'm not sure why Jimi Mistry bothered for such a small role and little screen-time, perhaps there was more on paper than made it into the final cut or maybe he just saw a good film and wanted a part of it. And that is what Fiona's Story is – a really well written and acted piece of personal drama where director Shergold keeps us close to the family at all times and never lets us escape into the wider community of the story and thus to a more remote vantage point. While I did find the ending a bit disappointing, otherwise it is gripping and intelligence stuff – not cheery by any means but well worth seeing.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
howd it end? shimshamtothemax
The Cast ??????? bwlass2
Was there really a girlfriend? Britmovielover
Cast Interviews bwlass3
Script? ddhcm
Discuss Fiona's Story (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?