- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B004ZDY400
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,865 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Oranges and Sunshine [DVD]
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
The social scandal featured in the film attracted widespread media headlines during the mid 80's. A professional and caring social worker Margaret Humphreys uncovered one of the biggest social scandals to emerge in history. It was about the organised deportation of children from United Kingdom to Australia. The number of children deported was staggering.
It raises important questions about the government within that time. Why did the British and Australian government hide this matter under the carpet at the time? This is beyond belief. The government apologised for their involvement, but it was little late and should really hurt their conscious. The children were taken in care and betrayed, as they were deprived of a family life and treated with cruelty in care centres in Australia. The issues of trust and integrity are deeply questioned.
It shows care centres in a negative and shocking light. Margaret puts her life in danger, as she headed on a long journey to Australia to begin her mission of reuniting thousands of children with their loves ones, but with mixed results. She ensured the authorities responsible for this were held accountable and also fighting for justice on this disagraceful matter. I almost shed in tears whilst hearing the personal experiences of the victims affected by this horrific event. These scenes can be described as emotional, as the victims were into tears understandably and living in hope of finding their loves ones. I felt a general feeling of sympathy and empathy towards the victims. How can be humanity be so cruel?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film moved me to tears especially as it
is based on past true life events.
This is an outstanding film.
In the BFI Q&A on the DVD there is a question to Jim Loach about whether he thought of making a documentary around this true story instead... Read more
Brilliant film - True story and havew watched it over and over several times.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good film. A bit grizzly but we need to know about the past, bad bits and all. It was well made and acted.Published 5 months ago by Ms. S. Bagenal