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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)
9 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Watson ... Margaret Humphreys
Aisling Loftus ... Susie
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 ... Betty
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Storyline

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:

To find the truth, she went to the ends of the earth See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,600, 23 October 2011

Gross USA:

$143,480

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,582,301
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of at least three theatrical feature films shot in South Australia featuring a fruit word in the title. The movies are 'Peaches' (2004), 'Pacific Banana' (1981), and 'Oranges and Sunshine' (2010). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Amazing film that must be seen. Truly a "jaw-dropper"!
8 October 2011 | by bethelagcySee all my reviews

I saw this truly extraordinary film last night ... and know now that it will be with me for a long time to come. The story is totally compelling and the acting is superb! Emily Watson is always a wonder to watch and she does some of her finest work here -- perhaps her best performance ever. The supporting players are, without exception, highly gifted and each finds his or her character to the point where you feel, at times, that you are watching a documentary, so fine are their portrayals. Based on the true experiences of social worker Margaret Humphreys (that will leave you with your mouth agape often)and with a beautifully written script that moves briskly ... and, at many turns, into frightening territory, with terrific direction, this is a must-see! Put it on your list! If there is any justice, this one will figure when the awards are handed out!


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