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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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  (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
Karen Power .... casting: extra (uncredited)
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
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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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A quietly angry, lightly fictionalized film, 15 February 2012
Author: julian-mumford from New Zealand

A quietly angry, lightly fictionalized film detailing the systematic, organized UK government sanctioned deportation of up to 150,000 children, often as young as three to Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.

In case you were under the assumption that this occurred in the dark ages, you would be wrong. The last cases are recorded in the late 1960's and early 1970's.

Emily Watson plays Margaret Humphreys the tireless Nottinghamshire social worker, who stumbled across an isolated case and then fought almost single-handedly to undercover the truth. Creating the "Child Migrants" trust by necessity to reunite lost families, sometimes decades later and in many cases too late.

The film is based on the the book "Empty Cradles" written by Humphreys to highlight the plight of the families and children involved and raise much needed funds.

Not only were children sent to countries alien to them, in the majority of cases without parental consent or even with the parents knowledge, many were told incorrectly their parents had died leaving them as orphans. Brothers and sisters were systematically split up and many endured harsh conditions, being treated as slave labour and subject to both mental and in many cases physical and sexual abuse, often at the hands of those supposedly charged with their care and well being.

As in many such cases, the Church and charitable organizations, when confronted with the proof of the neglect they oversaw, denied the charges and repeatedly attempted to frustrate attempts to drag the secret into the light.

Eventually in 2010 the UK Government formally apologised for the migrants treatment, finally acknowledging the mistakes that had been made.

Bearing in mind the shocking truths on display, does the film need to be any good? Directed by small screen veteran Jim Loach, this is a sympathetic account with quality naturalistic acting from all of the cast, in particular Watson and Hugo Weaving an adult sent as a child to Australia for "Sunshine and Oranges". Humphreys long suffering and supportive husband deserves a medal of some description as his wife continues to travel the world putting wrongs right or at least allowing closure, seemingly with little regard for her own safety, mental or physical health.

The film resembles "Magdalene Sisters", all the more effective for the lack of moralizing, preaching and sentimentality, apart from one off key line "You got my Mum for Christmas", the dialogue and acting are pitch perfect.

There are always concerns as to how fictionalized true stories are, certainly the facts are undeniable, all films compress time, alter circumstances and timelines. The most important factor is, does the film capture the spirit and feel, this does just that.


A stirring, largely truthful re-telling of an important story in our recent past, not an easy watch in parts but well worth the time to be aware of this travesty, compounded by the initial failure of anyone brave enough to take responsibility for what had occurred.

Watson embodies the spirit of Humphreys who quite rightly eventually received recognition for all her efforts.


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