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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 ... 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:

Based on a true story 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was made and first released about sixteen years years after its source book "Empty Cradles" by Margaret Humphreys had been first published in 1994. 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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Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 23 March 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Make It with Me
Composer John Moran
Publisher/Label KPM Music
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Compelling watching!
11 May 2011 | by keith-sheppardSee all my reviews

Carronas' review could not be more wrong! She could not even get the directors name right. It's JIM not LEN Loach, and the rest of the review is just as inaccurate. I had no trouble following the story line even without any prior knowledge of the events. I had no trouble understanding where each scene was set, be it UK or Oz, it was perfectly clear which was which. The film stock helped to give that dated feel of the 1980's and this was further enhanced by the vehicles, furniture and fashions. The lack of dialogue in certain scenes (meeting the Brothers) added tension where words would have added nothing. This was an excellent film, well filmed and well acted. See it and enjoy.


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