Oranges and Sunshine

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Oranges and Sunshine
Oranges and Sunshine.jpg
Directed by Jim Loach
Produced by
  • Camilla Bray
  • Iain Canning
  • Joan Schneider
  • Emile Sherman
Written by Rona Munro
Starring
Music by Lisa Gerrard
Cinematography Denson Baker
Editing by Dany Cooper
Studio
  • See Saw Films
  • Sixteen Films
Distributed by Icon Film Distribution
Release dates
  • 8 October 2010 (2010-10-08) (PIFF)
  • 1 April 2011 (2011-04-01) (United Kingdom)
  • 9 June 2011 (2011-06-09) (Australia)
Country United Kingdom
Australia
Language English
Budget $4.5 million

Oranges and Sunshine is a 2010 drama film directed by Jim Loach with screenplay by Rona Munro.[1]

Plot[edit]

The film is based on the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered the scandal of "home children",[2] a scheme of forcibly relocating poor children from the United Kingdom to Australia and Canada.[3]

Margaret reunites estranged families and brings worldwide attention to the cause. Deported children were promised oranges and sunshine but they got hard labour and life in institutions such as Keaney College in Bindoon, Western Australia.[4]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

Filming took place in Adelaide, South Australia, Nottingham, at Wirksworth in Derbyshire. Some interior scenes were filmed at the University of Leicester, Leicestershire and the porte-cochère of Nottingham railway station. Other locations that appear are a train on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway; Australia House in London and an overview of Nottingham Council House and the Old Market Square.

A casting session was held in Nottingham to find one boy and one girl for the roles of Margaret's children.[5]

Reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 70% based on reviews from 66 critics.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 63. ISBN 978-1908215017. 
  2. ^ Edemariam, Aida (20 February 2010). "People should sort this mess". The Guardian (London). 
  3. ^ "Hollywood flick to tell story of Notts social worker". thisisNottingham. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.cacbindoon.wa.edu.au/history.html
  5. ^ "Notts youngsters hope to land part in new film". thisisNottingham. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/oranges_and_sunshine/ Rotten Tomatoes Flixster

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