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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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Margaret Humphreys
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Susie
Stuart Wolfenden ...
Bill
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Nicky
Federay Holmes ...
Charlotte
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Merv
Molly Windsor ...
Rachel
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Ben
Tammy Wakefield ...
Susan
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Australia House Official (as Alastair Cummings)
Kate Rutter ...
Vera
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Jack
Marg Downey ...
Miss Hutchison
Geoff Revell ...
Syd
Chrissie Page ...
Betty
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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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A Tragedy That Spanned Decades - A Love That Crossed Continents - A Triumph That Changed Two Nations See more »

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Drama | History

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Rated R for some strong language | See all certifications »

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1 April 2011 (UK)  »

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Laranjas e Sol  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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When Margaret is searching through the Public Records of Births and Marriages each entry gives full details, is handwritten, and sorted by town and presented in chronological order. In reality, to protect data they are single-line typed entries giving basics and references for obtaining full details, for anywhere in the country, and sorted alphabetically by surname for each quarter of the year. See more »

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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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Heartwrenching
11 July 2012 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

Oranges and Sunshine – CATCH IT (B+) The film tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered the scandal of "home children", a scheme of forcibly relocating poor children from the UK to Australia and Canada. Margaret reunites estranged families and brings worldwide attention to the cause. Deported children were promised oranges and sunshine but they got hard labor and life of misery and sexual abuse in institutions such as Keaney College in Bindoon, Western Australia. (Wiki) Oranges and Sunshine is a sensitive subject matter which defiantly put Britain in Shame when Margaret Humphreys broke out the story in 80s. Emily Watson's portrayal of Margaret Humphreys' trouble to help the transported kids all the way to Australia is heart wrenching. The emotional turmoil she goes to work for them while managing her family is something really inspiring. Emily Watson is a great actress and no doubt she brings her emotional range to the real life role model. In supporting cast Hugo Weaving & David Wenhem did a fine job. Overall, it's a sensitive movie about a sensitive issue. Keep in mind its tear jerker, so keep a box of tissue.


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