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Oranges and Sunshine -- ORANGES AND SUNSHINE tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times: the deportation of thousands of children from the United Kingdom to Australia.
Oranges and Sunshine -- Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunite the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain.
Oranges and Sunshine -- Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom.


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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. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Emily Watson ... Margaret Humphreys

Aisling Loftus ... Susie
Stuart Wolfenden ... Bill

Lorraine Ashbourne ... Nicky
Federay Holmes ... Charlotte

Richard Dillane ... Merv
Molly Windsor ... Rachel
Harvey Scrimshaw ... Ben
Tammy Wakefield ... Susan

Alastair Cumming ... Australia House Official (as Alastair Cummings)
Kate Rutter ... Vera

Hugo Weaving ... Jack
Marg Downey ... Miss Hutchison
Geoff Revell ... Syd
Chrissie Page ... Betty
Tristan Hudson ... Archivist
Marie Wheeler-King ... Rita
Tanya Myers ... Joan

Greg Stone ... Bob

David Wenham ... Len

Russell Dykstra ... Dan
Jude Henshall ... Radio Interviewer

Tara Morice ... Pauline

Mandahla Rose ... Nurse

Geoff Morrell ... Walter
Barbara Martin ... Mary (as Barbara Marten)
Tony Mack ... TV Interviewer

Neil Melville ... Monsignor Brutin
Neil Pigot ... James
Eliza Lovell ... Hotel Receptionist
Robert Purdy ... Charity Rep 1
Tim Goodman ... Government Official 1
Brenda Lawrence ... Government Official 2
Carolina Giammetta ... Charity Rep 2
Mark Jardine ... Charity Rep 3

Kate Box ... Radio Studio Receptionist

Adam Morgan ... Shouting Man

Adam Tedder ... Doctor
Marcus Eyre ... Graham
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Wilson ... Christian Brother
Kurt Bayly ... Hotel Attendee (uncredited)

Neil Broome ... Government Dignatory (uncredited)
Carol Cummings ... Library Studying (uncredited)
Marlon Dance-Hooi ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Helen Grayson ... Bureaucrat (uncredited)
Thomas Green ... Hoon (uncredited)
John Howard ... Orphan (uncredited)
Chris Koch ... (uncredited)
Neil May ... Commuter (uncredited)

Tess O'Flaherty ... Orphan (uncredited)

Karen Power ... Orphan (uncredited)
Laura Quirke ... Orphan (uncredited)
Ruth Rickman ... Orphan (uncredited)
John Robinson ... Researcher in library (uncredited)
Margaret Turner ... Orphan (uncredited)
Sladana Vranjes ... Hotel attendee (uncredited)

Clayton Watson ... CM (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jim Loach 
Writing credits
Rona Munro (written by)

Margaret Humphreys (book "Empty Cradles")

Produced by
Suzanne Alizart .... executive producer: EMI Media
Arnab Banerji .... executive producer
Camilla Bray .... producer
Iain Canning .... producer
Mark Gooder .... executive producer: Icon Entertainment International
Fiona Lanyon .... associate producer: Australia
Sharon Menzies .... executive producer: Fulcrum Media Finance
Rebecca O'Brien .... executive producer
Joan Schneider .... line producer
Emile Sherman .... producer
Original Music by
Lisa Gerrard 
Cinematography by
Denson Baker (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dany Cooper 
Casting by
Nikki Barrett 
Kahleen Crawford 
Production Design by
Melinda Doring 
Art Direction by
Jane Levick 
Costume Design by
Cappi Ireland 
Makeup Department
Eileen Brennan .... hair stylist assistant: Autralia
Eileen Brennan .... makeup artist assistant: Australia
Peta Dunstall .... makeup assistant: UK
Marion Lee .... makeup artist: Australia
Tracy Phillpot .... makeup designer
Jen Rossiter .... hair stylist assistant: Australia
Jen Rossiter .... makeup artist assistant: Australia
Zoey Stones .... makeup artist: daily, UK
Marion Lee .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Nik Bower .... head of film: Ingenious Films Limited
Steve Jenkins .... head of film: BBC Films
Louise Knight .... production manager: UK
Fiona Lanyon .... production manager
Gordon MacPhail .... head of post-production
Ross Matthews .... head of production: Screen Australia
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brad Lanyon .... second assistant director: Australia
James Manning .... second assistant director: UK
Kiaran Murray-Smith .... first assistant director: UK
Natasha Phillips .... third assistant director: Australia
Jake Rollins .... third assistant director: UK
Chris Webb .... first assistant director: Australia
Art Department
Jess Alexander .... graphic designer: UK
Ben Bauer .... standby props: Australia
Hannah Boyton .... scenic painter: UK
Stephen Craighill .... prop buyer: UK
Jen Drake .... prop buyer: Australia
Jen Drake .... set dresser: Australia
Bowen Ellames .... art department trainee: Australia
Christa Forman .... graphic artist: Australia (as Christa Foreman)
Alex Giles .... construction: UK
Glen W. Johnson .... set decorator: Australia (as Glen Johnson)
Jane Levick .... art director: UK
Paul MacKenzie .... art department runner: Australia
Brad Maddern .... art department runner: Australia
John Moore .... construction manager: Australia
Nick Moore .... 1st construction carpenter: Australia
Sam Noack .... scenic artist: Australia
Yuri Poetzl .... assistant standby props: Australia
Andrew Ranner .... assistant art director: UK
Lauren Richards .... assistant prop buyer: Australia
Lauren Richards .... assistant set dresser: Australia
Tuesday Stone .... art director: Australia
Richard Trayling .... storyboard artist: Australia
Katie Tuxford .... standby art director: UK
Matt Wells .... property master: UK
Douglas Ferguson .... stand by props (uncredited)
Leeth Keough .... greensman (uncredited)
Obie O'Brien .... additional set dresser (uncredited)
Dean Spicksley .... set painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mike Bakaloff .... boom operator: Australia
Chinna Boapeah .... boom operator: UK
Grant Bridgeman .... sound assistant: UK
Glenn Butler .... re-recording engineer: Deluxe Stageone Sound Australia
Gethin Creagh .... sound re-recording mixer
James Currie .... sound recordist: Australia
Sam Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
John Hughes .... production sound mixer: UK
Leah Katz .... dialogue editor
Michael McMenomy .... sound effects editor
Andrew Plain .... supervising sound editor
Angus Robertson .... sound facilities manager: Deluxe Stageone Sound Australia
John Simpson .... foley artist
Lisa Simpson .... foley engineer
Megan Wedge .... adr recordist: Australia
J.B. Williams .... sound recordist: epk (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Simon Alberry .... i/o technical supervisor
Ean Carr .... compositor: Post Modern
Brad Dunn .... compositor: EFilm Australia
John Durney .... compositor: EFilm Australia
Matthew T. Griffin .... compositor: EFilm Australia
Melissa Heagney .... visual effects producer: Post Modern
Peter Luczak .... i/o operator
Blake Muir .... compositor: Post Modern
Dave O'Brien .... compositor: EFilm Australia
James Rogers .... visual effects supervisor: Post Modern
Takahiro Suzuki .... lead compositor: EFilm Australia
Ben Tanti .... compositor: EFilm Australia
Henry Yekanians .... senior i/o operator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Ashby .... grip: UK
Denson Baker .... camera operator: "a" camera
Matt Barklem .... electrician: UK
Sian Bates .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Australia
Alex Brown .... best boy: UK
Ben Brown .... clapper loader: UK
Steve Campbell .... electrician: UK
Glenn Coulman .... clapper loader: "b" camera, UK
David Cozens .... focus puller: "b" camera, UK
Simon Finney .... camera operator: "b" camera, UK
Tom Gaskell .... electrician: Australia
Steve Gott .... assistant grip (as Steven Gott)
Matt Howard .... camera trainee: UK
Frank Hruby .... focus puller: "b" camera, Australia
Martin Ingham .... rigger: UK
Marie Pier Laballe .... clapper loader: Australia
Nathan Mann .... focus puller: UK
Nick Matthews .... camera operator: "b" camera, Australia
Robin Morgan .... key grip: Australia
Tim Murphy .... electrician: UK
Matt Nettheim .... still photographer: Australia
Django Nou .... grip: Australia
Jem Rayner .... focus puller: Australia
Dean Rogers .... still photographer: UK
Graeme Shelton .... gaffer: Australia
Kirsty Stark .... video split assistant: Australia
Alex Stevenson .... generator operator: UK
Darcy Sullivan .... best boy: Australia
Barnaby Sweet .... gaffer: UK
Ben Walsh .... additional grip: Australia
Robert Wheeldon .... electrician: UK
Casting Department
Wizzy Evans .... casting assistant: Australia
Caroline Stewart .... casting associate: UK
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jessica Allen .... costume assistant: UK (as Jess Allen)
Mariot Kerr .... costume supervisor: Australia
Lachy Lang .... costume assistant: Australia (as Lachlan Lang)
Emma Vickers .... costume supervisor: UK
Heather Wallace .... costume standby: Australia
Editorial Department
Kieran Bleakley .... dailies transfer
Luke Buckley .... dailies transfer
Luca Byrne .... first assistant editor (as Luke Byrne)
Trish Cahill .... digital intermediate colorist
Katherine Heads .... digital intermediate producer
Emily Jefferies .... apprentice assistant editor
Teena Mestres .... assistant editor: Australia
Matthew M. North .... digital intermediate conformist
Matthew M. North .... digital intermediate supervisor
Rebecca Dunn .... digital intermediate operations (uncredited)
Music Department
Marcello De Francisci .... composer: additional music
Adam Fawcett .... assistant musical producer
Adam Fawcett .... assistant: Lisa Gerrard
James Orr .... score technical assistant
Cameron Stone .... musician: solo cello
Transportation Department
Gary Baxter .... precision driver: Australia
Roy Osborn .... driver: UK
Mick Stanton .... unit driver: UK
Lauren Richards .... action vehicle coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Sarah Abbey .... location manager: Australia
Mike Adams .... head of business affairs: Fulcrum Media Finance
Tamsin Allen .... lawyer: Bindman & Partners
Bob Baines .... adr voice
Chris Bates .... facilities: UK
Jo Beckett .... script supervisor
Jen Bichard .... unit medic: Australia
Keith Bichard .... safety assistant: Australia
Ian Bickford .... catering assistant: Australia
Heather Bleasdale .... adr voice
Nick Bollard .... floor runner: Australia
Katherine Bridle .... production executive: UK, See-Saw Films
Zak Brilliant .... vice president publicity and distribution: UK, Icon Entertainment International
Mark Broomhead .... legals: Screen Australia
Sarah Brown .... production runner: Australia
Anni Browning .... completion bond: Film Finances
Sally Browning .... investment manager: Screen Australia
Anthony Buckner .... head of sales: Icon Entertainment International
Salima Budhani .... lawyer: Bindman & Partners
Neil Calder .... completion bond: Film Finances
Helen Canham .... business affairs: Screen Australia
Vicky Chapman .... assistant location manager: UK
Emilie Cole .... lawyer: Bindman & Partners
Clare Coulter .... lawyer: Olswang
Lauren Dark .... assistant to producer: UK
Charles Dorfman .... Developed with the Assistance of Buckland Productions
Barry Fairclough .... facilities manager: UK
Mark Fisher .... group financial controller: UK, Icon Entertainment International
Stephen Fuss .... commercial affairs: Ingenious Films Limited
Cathy Gallagher .... publicist
Jess Goninon .... floor runner: Australia
Anna Griffin .... floor runner: UK
Stephen Grosz .... lawyer: Bindman & Partners
Hugo Grumbar .... president of UK distribution: Icon Entertainment International
Caitlin Hall .... assistant: Emily Watson, Australia
Bettina Hamilton .... production coordinator: Australia
Ruth Harley .... ceo: Screen Australia
Greg Harris .... rushes runner: UK
Richard Harris .... ceo: SAFC
Manfred Hepprich .... unit assistant: Australia
Dan Hodgett .... location support: EM Media
Megan Huitema .... production assistant: Australia
Joshua Jager .... unit assistant: Australia
Danny Janes .... caterer: UK, G2 Catering
Clare Jennings .... lawyer: Bindman & Partners
James Kay .... lawyer: Olswang
Mike Kelly .... business affairs: Northern Alliance, EM Media
Mick Kildare .... unit manager: Australia
Richard Knight .... location manager: UK
John Lafferty .... negative checking
Emily Lappin .... head of communications: EM Media
Elliot Levey .... adr voice
Anna Lindell .... business affairs: Screen Australia
Claire Mann .... chaperone: Australia
Steve Marcus .... caterer: Australia
Greg Marsh .... legals: SAFC
Kath McIntyre .... film services and locations: SAFC
Scott Meek .... assessor: Screen Australia
Tristram Miall .... assessor: Screen Australia
Warwick Moss .... adr voice
Simone Nicholson .... production executive: Australia, See-Saw Films
Russell Noon .... production coordinator: UK
Estelle Overs .... general counsel: Icon Entertainment International
Jaime Oxenbould .... adr voice
Alison Piper .... floor runner: South Australia
Alison Piper .... runner
Dimi Pouliotis .... security: Australia
Habib Rahman .... production accountant: UK
Barry Sechos .... finance: Fulcrum Media Finance
Anna Seifert-Speck .... development executive: EM Media
Chloe Sizer .... head of development and interational acquisitions: UK, Icon Entertainment International
Nathan Smith .... I/O operations liaison
Nic Smith .... location support: EM Media
Roger Smith .... script consultant
Gai Steele .... lawyer: Media & Entertainment Law
Takahiro Suzuki .... title designer and end credits
Daz Szabo .... unit assistant: Australia
Jan Thornton .... production liaison: EFilm Australia
Kaye Thurgood .... lead chaperone: UK
Sylvia Warmer .... assistant location manager: Australia
Deborah Wilde .... post-production accountant
Deborah Wilde .... production accountant
Jack Wilde .... assistant accountant
Jack Wilde .... post-production assistant accountant
Elizabeth Windsor .... chaperone: Australia
Lesley Wise .... head of legal and business affairs: Ingenious Films Limited
Helen Wong .... accountant: See-Saw Films
Allya Young .... lawyer: Olswang
Warwick Young .... adr voice
Mark Fantasia .... location liaison (uncredited)
Jim Ranyard .... health and safety advisor (uncredited)

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Rated R for some strong language
105 min
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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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
'Thousands of lost children. A secret buried by time. One woman will bring the truth to light.', 4 November 2012
Author: gradyharp from United States

It is always a jolt when a bit of buried history surfaces and makes us realize that the world is not all that sane as we would like to believe: the Chaos Factor raises its ugly head as in this screen adaptation by Rona Munro of Margaret Humphreys' true story book 'Empty Cradles'. This is a very powerful film, all the more so because of the quality of acting and direction by Jim Loach who never lets the film run out of control despite the unveiling tragedy.

The story is set in the 1980s where Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson) is a social worker who encounters a middle aged woman who has traveled form Australia to find her birth parents. Margaret at first doesn't want to increase her workload with a wild tale of children having been deported form England by ship to be placed in orphanage work camps in Australia, but with the aid of her supportive husband Merv (Richard Dillane) she begins to investigate the uncovered secret, ultimately traveling to Australia where she meets the 'unwanted children' as adults each longing to return to the UK to meet their families. The children when deported were as young as four to thirteen years old and had been told their parents either were dead or didn't want them and the representatives from the government promised them a safe home with 'oranges and sunshine' in Australia. There are several 'victims' as played by Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Russell Dykstra and others who help personalize the unspoken crime until Margaret progresses to the point where she can hold the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunite the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain. Though the deportations occurred from the 1940's through the 1970's it was only after Margaret Humphrey's 1994 book and then much later after when February 2010 Great Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown finally issued a full apology to those deported children and their families.

The supporting cast is uniformly excellent but it is the glowing performance by Emily Watson that makes this revelation of a film remain in the mind long after the credits explain how the solution played out in reality. This is a tough film but an important one and deserves a much larger audience than it has found.

Grady Harp

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