Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Oranges and sunshine

Director: Jim Loach

Starring: Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham

Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson) is a social worker from Nottingham who uncovers the scandal of the thousands of British children in care deported to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Rhodesia. The children were promised oranges and sunshine and put in boarding institutions, treated like slaves and abused in every possible way. Not all the kids were orphans although they were told they were. Oranges and Sunshine is a detective movie with Humphreys reluctantly dragged into discovering the full horror of the legal practice of human trafficking. Scarcely any record was kept of the enforced deportation, nor the atrocious fate many of the hapless emigrants fell into at the hands of the Christian Brothers and their organisations. This is a moving movie told through the eyes of two deportees, Jack (Hugo Weaving) a traumatised veteran; and Len (David Wenham) a more aggressive younger man. Oranges and Sunshine is not a feel good movie by any manner but does describe a terrible thing, and the very small efforts that were done to make a small part of the terribleness right. A must see movie.

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