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Oranges and Sunshine [DVD]

Emily Watson , Hugo Weaving , Jim Loach    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Tara Morice, Clayton Watson
  • Directors: Jim Loach
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ZDY400
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,032 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times: the deportation of thousands of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. Almost single-handedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead, and been sent to children's homes on the other side of the world. Many were subjected to appalling abuse. They were promised oranges and sunshine: they got hard labour and life in institutions.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. She discovered a secret that the British government had kept hidden for years: one hundred and thirty thousand children in care had been sent abroad to commonwealth countries, mainly Australia. Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead, and been sent to children's homes on the other side of the world. Many were subjected to appalling abuse. They were promised oranges and sunshine, they got hard labour and life in institutions. ...Oranges and Sunshine ( Oranges & Sunshine )

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119 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful amazing movie based on a true story. 1 July 2011
By Beanie Luck Spud TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This film is incredible.

It is a powerful story of triumph over adversity, its shocking, heartbreaking and astounding.

Hugo Weaving and Emily Watson are utterly brilliant in their leading roles, the level of emotion and truth is astonishing, i am surprised that they have not been nominated for awards for their performances.

A great supporting cast include David Wenham from lord of the rings fame.

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Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom.
Almost singlehandedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.
She discovered a secret that the British government had kept hidden for years: one hundred and thirty thousand children in care had been sent abroad to commonwealth countries, mainly Australia.
Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead, and been sent to children's homes on the other side of the world. Many were subjected to appalling abuse. They were promised oranges and sunshine, they got hard labour and life in institutions.(sic)

Both the British and Australian Governments have apologised now for their involvements in this scandal, but its a little too late. To be honest i am appalled that not only the Government knew about it but that they were the ones that did it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't turn a blind eye 28 Oct 2011
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The cruel deception of thousands of British children in care, misinformed that they were orphans and then transported to Australia as a cost-saving policy continued until as recently as 1970. A documentary of this would be shocking enough, but the director Jim Loach, carrying on his father Ken's tradition, achieves an even more powerful effect by making this a docudrama.

Emily Watson gives a convincing and moving performance as the determined real-life social worker Margaret Humphreys who discovered by chance that this injustice existed, and that many children had suffered hardship, even abuse, providing cheap labour for the Christian Brothers in Australia. Her establishment of the Child Migrants Trust has helped to put many naturalised Australians back in touch with their birth parents in Britain after decades of separation, but the indelible effects of childhood trauma often remain. We see the irony that Humphreys' dedication to making amends for the cruelty of others was often at the expense of giving enough time to her own children.

This thought-provoking and well-made film is worth seeing. It may leave you depressed for a while but we can't pretend ostrich-like that this never happened.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. And it was good intentions that condemned 130,000 children to an appalling hell. They were effectively deported from this country to Australia, with the collusion of the British and Australian governments. When there they did not find the oranges and sunshine they had been enticed with, but many were condemned to a living hell of forced labour and abuse that left them scarred. When did all this happen? Not Victorian times as you might imagine, but right up until the 1970's. Children were told that their parents had died and parents told that their children had been adopted into loving families, huge untruths, in order to get them away. It was all done with the best of intentions, the authorities here seemed to truly believe that they were being sent to a better life (but surely someone in authority must have had an idea of what they were going to?), but it is results that matter, not intentions, and the results were an obscene blot on the history of two nations that like to call themselves civilised.

What was even worse was that the governments tried to cover up what had been done, and did everything they could to evade responsibility, in the final insult to the children they had betrayed denying them the opportunity to find their real families. This film tells the story of one woman's fight to uncover the truth, and to reunite families on opposite sides of the world. It is a very restrained and understated film, almost documentary like, and has a more powerful impact because of it. No histrionics here, just the bald, simple truth. It's powerful stuff. Emily Watson as the social worker drawn into the investigation which slowly takes over her life, and Hugo Weaving as one of the victims that she forms a strong bond with are great performances, very naturalistic.

In all a moving film, and one that reveals a shocking episode in our history. 5 stars.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a big cover-up down under & round Notts ... 8 Sep 2011
Format:DVD
A truly excellent film, concerning what must be one the the biggest cover-ups & social injustices ever. Brilliant cast, a must-see film
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional 4 Sep 2011
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This is the most exceptional film of the current year. Emily Watson gives an extraordinary performance, probably worthy of an Academy award.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening 8 Oct 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was told by a family member that I should watch this DVD, as we had a relative who was sent to Canada. However, he was sent before this awful period started - he was a Barnardo's boy, as was my Father and my cousin's Father. To say that I was appalled by the Governments involved in this awful scandal, even after all these years, is an understatement. Why did it take so long for these poor people to get an apology - for what it was worth ! Anyway, this is a film well worth watching, but as far as I am concerned, rather "heart string" tugging to say the least. Again, well worth a watch.
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