Oranges and Sunshine

Oranges and Sunshine

Thursday, March 15, 2012 – 7:30 pm

Golden Cinema

Tickets: Cash at the door
Non-Member $12; Adult Member $10; Student $5. Includes HST

“…. a compassionate investigative drama about the wave of UK-‐to-‐Australia child migration in the 1950s, and the many sundered families left in the dark.” -‐ Tim Robey, The Daily Telegraph



This first feature by UK director Jim Loach (son of acclaimed director Ken Loach) is a heart wrenching drama based on one woman’s real life crusade to help displaced adults forcefully separated from their families as children discover their true identities. An official selection of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, this poignant work of storytelling has received worldwide critical acclaim.

Set in the 1980’s, a social worker from Notting-‐ ham named Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson, Punch Drunk Love, Gosford Park) stumbles upon a shocking revelation that spans countries, governments and generations. She learns that thousands of children in the care of British Social Services were illegally and silently deported from the United Kingdom to Australia in the 1940’s.

Many of these children were removed from the care of single mothers or homes that were deemed “unfit,” and told that their parents were dead. They were then shipped across the ocean with the promise of “oranges and sunshine” only to be abandoned in church-‐run orphanages where they were neglected, forced into hard labour, and brutally abused.

Margaret advocates for the victims of this atrocity of justice with unflinching resolve, courage and integrity. She travels to Australia and works closely with these deeply scarred individuals, helping them to find the answers that they so desperately seek. She also works to reunite what’s left of their geographically dispersed families, at times at the expense of her own.

Through a fury of media attention, Margaret tells the stories of the victims to the world. She serves as a voice for those too ashamed to speak out and perhaps most importantly, she feels

for those who are too numb to feel the pain for themselves. As the media attention grows and a government inquiry is opened, Margaret begins to face harassment and death threats from those accused, yet she unflinchingly continues to champion the cause.

The film’s tone is subtle and restrained, dealing with explicit accounts of abuse and raw emotions without sensationalizing the story through graphic flashbacks. This subtlety extends to the film’s unsaturated aesthetic, understated score and measured performances. Watson gives a deeply nuanced portrayal of Margaret laden with com-‐ passionate solemnity. Oranges and Sunshine is a beautiful meditation on a very ugly part of Commonwealth history.


Cast: Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham Run Time: 105 minutes Country: United Kingdom / Australia Year: 2011

Language: English Distributor: D Films

Distributor Estimates Availability As: September 2011, Exclusive Film Circuit DVD Pre-‐Release Video: N/A

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / PQ NR / Maritimes NR


“Jim Loach follows in dad’s [Ken Loach] footsteps with a compassionate investigative drama about the wave of UK-‐to-‐Australia child migration in the 1950s, and the many sundered families left in the dark.” -‐ Tim Robey, The Daily Telegraph


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