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Oranges and Sunshine (2010)

R  |   |  Drama, History  |  1 April 2011 (UK)
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Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Humphreys
Stuart Wolfenden ...
Federay Holmes ...
Molly Windsor ...
Harvey Scrimshaw ...
Tammy Wakefield ...
Australia House Official (as Alastair Cummings)
Kate Rutter ...
Marg Downey ...
Miss Hutchison
Geoff Revell ...
Chrissie Page ...


Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain.

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Rated R for some strong language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

1 April 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Laranjas e Sol  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Based on true events, the real Margaret Humphreys was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1993, and awarded Commander of the British Empire in 2011 for her work. See more »


[first lines]
Margaret Humphreys: So right now your baby needs to be safe, and you need a bit of support, don't you? I know you care, of course you do. But this will give you a chance to sort yourself out.
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The acidic truth of Oranges and Sunshine....
9 March 2011 | by (Glasgow, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I caught this film as part of the Glasgow Film Festival and I'm glad that I did. Knowing very little of the story about the the organised deportation of children in care from the United Kingdom to Australia, I found much of this film was shocking and upsetting. This film concentrates on Margaret Humphrys, the social worker who uncovers this scandal. Under her own steam and then with the support of her employer, Margaret discovers that more than just a few children were deported. She makes it her mission to help those deportees who wish to find out about the families they were forced to leave behind. This proves to be no easy task as the British government stonewall her and provide no help with the details of the deportees or their families. No deliberate attempt is made to overplay the injustice or high emotions running through the story; it is told in a simple, straightforward and affecting manner and it is all the more powerful for that. Take some time out and go and see this film as it's one that deserves a wide audience and stay to the end as that's when the viewer finds out when an apology for this very sad situation was given.

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