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Oranges and Sunshine

(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Oranges and Sunshine
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The unforgettable true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker who uncovered one of the most controversial scandals of recent times: the organized deportation of innocent children from the UK to Australia, where they were thought to be lost in the system forever. Against overwhelming odds, and with little regard for her own safety, Humphreys reunited thousands of families and brought worldwide attention to a corrupt system and an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.
Title: Oranges and sunshine
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Publisher: [United States] : Cohen Media Group : Distributed by New Video, [2012]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the book "Empty cradles" by Margaret Humphreys.
Special features include: Making of oranges & sunshine; interviews with the cast & crew; Trailer.
Summary: The unforgettable true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker who uncovered one of the most controversial scandals of recent times: the organized deportation of innocent children from the UK to Australia, where they were thought to be lost in the system forever. Against overwhelming odds, and with little regard for her own safety, Humphreys reunited thousands of families and brought worldwide attention to a corrupt system and an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.
Audience: MPAA rating R for some strong language.
ISBN: 1422919064
9781422919064
Statement of Responsibility: Screen Australia and Little Gaddesden Productions present in association with Fulcrum Media Finance, EM Media, South Australian Film Corporation, Deluxe, Screen NSW and BBC Films ; produced by Camilla Bray ; written by Rona Munro ; directed by Jim Loach
Credits: Director of photography, Denson Baker; music, Lisa Gerrard; editor, Dany Cooper.
Performers: Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham.
System Details: DVD; widescreen; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.
Subject Headings: Humphreys, Margaret Drama. Social workers England Nottingham Drama. Deported children Drama. Immigrant children Australia Drama. Immigrant children Institutional care Australia Drama. Immigrant children Abuse of Australia Drama. Great Britain Emigration and immigration History 20th century Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Fiction films.
Biographical films
Topical Term: Social workers
Deported children
Immigrant children
Immigrant children
Immigrant children
Publisher No: NNVG272540
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May 21, 2014
  • Reynold_Nugter rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

While, of course, this is a sad and depressing tale, based on real life, it is a compelling story that needed to be told. Check out the Wikipedia entry for Margaret Humphreys if you would like to know the full story. Well done.

Mar 25, 2014
  • harrybrowne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful, evocative film about the courageous and determined Margaret Humphreys, who exposed the shameful and sickening deportations of children for decades (up until 1970!) to Australia, with the complicity of the British government. These children were taken from their families and virtually sold into slavery. Emily Watson is perfect, as are Hugo Weaving and David Wenham. A must-see, especially for those who love Big Brother and think the government can do no wrong. Kudos to Gordon Brown, former PM, for the long overdue apology to the victims.

Mar 01, 2014
  • jovihobo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic true story of bureaucracy and the lives of young children in England.

Jan 10, 2014
  • SHUTCH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Having been a child during this time, I was shocked to learn about this story that received no attention here in the states (that I recall). Stunning performances by Emily Watson and all actors in this film. Great casting and a very well written and directed film. I highly recommend this movie.

Oct 15, 2013
  • aqiva rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

No closed- captions.

Jul 14, 2013
  • RDL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very compelling story. Emily Watson is superb. It certainly shows how people entrusted with a role of protecting someone can twist and subvert their mandate.

The DVD lacks, as a Bonus, an interview with Margaret Humphreys.

May 13, 2013
  • kevfarley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Powerful and restrained performances convey the depth and breath of this extradinary expose. I could scarcely believe it actually happened !!

In the U.S., the Motion Picture ratings association has given this film an 'R' rating. The subject alone would be very distressing to young children. (It's distressing to anyone!)

For those of you who are interested to learn more about this tragedy, I want to point out the excellent list, entitled 'On their own: Britain's child migrants.' It's located in the right column of this page, under the category "LISTS THAT INCLUDE THIS TITLE." The list was compiled to accompany an exposition that has just been shown in Melbourne, Australia, co-coordinated by a museum in Liverpool, UK.

Sep 30, 2012
  • Daylight62 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good story about something that I never knew about. Always like Emily Watson! She once again does a great character performance.

Feb 11, 2012
  • skylark36 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Both the book and the DVD are a ‘must see/read’. This is a well written and documented account of a, hopefully never to be repeated, real account of the enforced child migrant scheme implemented by the pre and post world war British Empire. All those interested in social sciences, welfare, history and searching for British ancestry will want to see this DVD and read the book. Forced child migration was only stopped here in 1970, some as young as three. Children were sometimes given different names and birthdates to prevent them from tracing their families. Many were told their parents were dead. Fortunately many have been able to trace their families here and in the UK, NZ, Canada and South Africa.

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Jan 24, 2013
  • wendybird rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you far prefer glossy, light hearted entertainment, give this film a skip. The based-on-truth content dictates the mood : thousands of British children from struggling/single parent homes were deported to Australia following WW II. Only labour and heartbreak awaited them -- not "oranges & sunshine." Emily Watson is a serious, door social worker who uncovers the story by interviewing the now-grown children, and goes public with it. Watson is a marvel in the part, and the story is important -- but perhaps best saved for mid-July viewing when Stratford scenery is also less grey.

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