Oranges and Sunshine
2010 (R) 105 min. United Kingdom
Director: Jim Loach
Cast: Emily Watson, David Wenham, Hugo Weaving
During the 1950s and 1960s, England shipped thousands of children, unbeknownst to their parents, to Australia where they mostly ended up in terrible conditions at institutions. ORANGES AND SUNSHINE is a fictionalized account of how one social worker from Nottingham in 1986 stumbles upon the tragedy and dedicates her life to helping these now grown-up children, many with post traumatic stress disorder, find their real parents.
“The film is heartbreaking, enraging, and ultimately uplifting, thanks to Loach’s economic direction and Rita Munro’s focused screenplay. The magnitude of the insanity is sometimes hard to grasp.” – Frank J. Avella, EDGE MEDIA NETWORK
“A work of controlled, retrospective outrage, telling the bizarre true story of how tens of thousands of young British lives were irrevocably ruined.” – Leigh Paatsch, HERALD SUN (Australia)
“Emily Watson, a delicate English rose, has never seemed more sturdy than here.” – Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES