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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.

Director:

Jim Loach

Writers:

Rona Munro, Margaret Humphreys (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Watson ... Margaret Humphreys
Aisling Loftus ... Susie
Stuart Wolfenden Stuart Wolfenden ... Bill
Lorraine Ashbourne ... Nicky
Federay Holmes Federay Holmes ... Charlotte
Richard Dillane ... Merv
Molly Windsor ... Rachel
Harvey Scrimshaw ... Ben
Tammy Wakefield Tammy Wakefield ... Susan
Alastair G. Cumming ... Australia House Official (as Alastair Cummings)
Kate Rutter ... Vera
Hugo Weaving ... Jack
Marg Downey Marg Downey ... Miss Hutchison
Geoff Revell Geoff Revell ... Syd
Chrissie Page 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A shameful secret. A forgotten generation. A woman who wouldn't give up. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

BBC Films [UK] | Cohen Media Group | See more »

Country:

UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Oranges & Sunshine See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Debut theatrical feature film directed by director Jim Loach. See more »

Goofs

Although Margaret consults a range of national birth and marriage registers they all appear to have been written in the same distinctive handwriting. See more »

Quotes

[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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Love in the City
Composer J. Stpkes
Publisher/Label KPM Music
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Haunting, heartbreaking
18 July 2013 | by AnnieLolaSee all my reviews

Here is another example of past British governmental ideas of what was 'good' for disadvantaged or otherwise unprotected children. One recalls the heartless relocation of aboriginal children in Australia so vividly portrayed in "Rabbit-Proof Fence". After watching "Oranges and Sunshine" (and I didn't even see it from the beginning) I couldn't stop thinking of all those thousands upon thousands of helpless little boys and girls, deprived of any human rights whatsoever and doomed to cheerless and loveless childhoods. And then added to the flawed concept of this wholesale export of the underage needy is the fact that there are always predators who will pervert power over the weak into a free hand with abuse of every kind.

Of course the greater part of the 'migrants' were profoundly damaged by the appalling treatment they received in a program officially perceived to be 'beneficial', at least in some quarters. Who was to benefit from the production of scarred adults, one has to wonder? Disposing of unwanted people by transporting them to far-flung colonies or Dominions was business as usual a couple of centuries ago; what's especially shocking is the discovery that this was occurring not in Early Georgian or Dickensian England, but only decades ago-- recently, uncomfortably recently. And this in a supposedly civilized nation! This film should have been made thirty years ago...


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