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Oranges & Sunshine

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.

Award Winning Oranges and Sunshine is a 2010 Australian drama film directed by Jim Loach as his directorial debut.
The film is based on the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered the scandal of "home children", a scheme of forcibly relocating poor children from the United Kingdom to Australia and Canada.
Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson), a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times; the mass deportation of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. Single-handedly and against overwhelming odds, Margaret reunited thousands of families and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead and sent to children's homes on the other side of the world, where many were subjected to appalling abuse. These forgotten children were promised Oranges and Sunshine but they got hard labour and life in institutions.

‘Emily Watson, who always brings a special grace to the screen, gives a multilayered performance to the role of Margaret Humphreys, who not only puts her own family dynamic at risk but finds herself physically threatened.’ San Fransisco Chronicle

‘Emily Watson, a delicate English rose, has never seemed more sturdy than here.’ Chicago Sun Times

‘As the story ricochets between Britain and Australia, the film often loses track of time and becomes fragmented as it struggles to integrate too many subplots. What holds it together is Ms. Watson's calm, sturdy performance.’ New York Times

‘Despite the difficulties the team faced when filming on opposite sides of the world, Oranges and Sunshine beats with one heart and develops its story coherently.’ CineVue

‘Jim Loach's feature debut presents the horrific injustice of forced child migration in a calm, measured manner.’ The Sun-Herald


Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2012 Winner AACTA Award Best Supporting Actor Hugo Weaving

Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Winner AFCA Award - Best Actress Emily Watson

Australian Screen Editors 2011 Winner ASE Award Avid Award for Best Editing on a Feature Film

Australian Screen Sound Guild 2011 Winner ASSG Award Best Achievement in Mixing in a Feature Film

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