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Oranges and Sunshine [Blu-ray]

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ORANGES AND SUNSHINE tells the story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson, two-time Academy Award® nominee for Breaking the Waves and Hilary and Jackie), 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. 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 labor and life in institutions.

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.

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Emily Watson, a delicate English rose, has never seemed more sturdy than here. --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

A film of abundant emotion --The New York Times

An impressive film that documents an astonishing but little-known story. --Leonard Maltin s Picks

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  • Actors: Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham
  • Directors: Jim Loach
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Cohen Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (660 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007I1Q4RW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on June 26, 2012
Format: Amazon Video
The subject matter of "Oranges and Sunshine" is almost too disturbing to be believed. And yet, remarkably, it is the true recounting of one of the largest scandals of the last few decades. In 1986, a British social worker named Margaret Humphreys started to piece together an amazing and harrowing story that involved the mass deportation of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. What she discovered was simply stunning. The scandal involved political corruption and cover-up, religious impropriety, human rights violations, slave labor, systematic abuse and a government program that divided hundreds of families and disappeared countless minor children. This is such a grand and epic tale, it's hard to imagine that a film discussing these atrocities wouldn't be aggressively in-your-face. But the beauty of "Oranges and Sunshine" is that it takes a quieter approach and as things start to unfold, the dramatic weight of the situation really sneaks up on you and bowls you over!

A restrained Emily Watson plays Humphreys, a woman who didn't ask to be thrust into a worldwide spotlight. In the beginning of the film, she is approached by a woman for help finding her parents. This is when she firsts hears about children being shipped to Australia. Initially reticent and disbelieving, she soon hears a corroboration of this tale. She starts to dig deeper and push further, working between the U.K. and Australia to start repairing families. It consumes her life and livelihood, but she is pushed by a sense of justice. As word gets out, she is a savior to many but an embarrassment to others. And as the unfolding allegations put many important figures in an unfavorable light, she is soon discredited by many and attacked (both emotionally and physically).
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WOW ... This is an incredible, powerful, moving and gripping story (based on true events, and the book "Empty Cradles" by Margaret Humphreys).

When you watch this movie you need to be in the mood for something like Schindler's list or the like. This is NOT lighthearted "entertainment".

In 1986 this story was uncovered by chance as one of these deported children returned (as an adult) to Great Britain desperately in search of who she really was, and happens upon social worker Margaret Humphreys. She tells Margaret that when she was a little girl she and hundreds of other kids were shipped from Great Britain to Australia, etc. Margaret finds her story hard to believe, and more or less blows it off because how could this happen en mass. Then another woman in a support group Margaret runs for adopted people mentions a lost brother who'd found her - who claimed the same deportation story. Margaret begins looking into it and whoa tidal wave - this didn't happen to just a FEW kids it happened to over 130,000 children! The kids aged 5-13 were shipped off, and told they had nobody and were nobody and were given an incredibly hard life (that's an understatement). This happened in the 1940's through the 1970's (I think I have that span right)... Decades after the news of this got out (in February 2010), Great Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown finally issued a full apology to those deported children and their families.

Margaret listens to each of the deported children's stories and their memories, for as much information as she can gather on them in order to help them find out who they are, and find their families. By doing this, she herself ends up with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder just from absorbing their pain - being strong for them.
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"Oranges and Sunshine" is a drama film based on the work of English social worker Margaret Humphreys who discovers the practice of British child deportation to Australia and Canada.

Many of the children were sent to Australia following World War II and up until the early 1990s. These children often came from single parent homes or circumstances where their parents had difficulty supporting a family, and the children were placed in temporary government care, but unknown to their parents and relatives the children were sent overseas. This practice became known as the "Home Children" scandal.

The narrative exposes the misrepresentation of a new and wonderful life that the children were promised in Australia and how both the British and Australian Governments coordinated the activity, which wasn't disclosed to the public whilst the deportations were taking place.

The film draws attention to the lives that the children faced in Australia and the tenacious efforts of Humphreys to help them try and find resolution.

It is a quality movie with an impressive cast of British and Australian actors. Emily Watson (Margaret Humphreys), Hugo Weaving (Jack), and David Wenham (Len) provide a moving performance.

Nicholas R.W. Henning - Australian Author
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The subject matter of "Oranges and Sunshine" is almost too disturbing to be believed. And yet, remarkably, it is the true recounting of one of the largest scandals of the last few decades. In 1986, a British social worker named Margaret Humphreys started to piece together an amazing and harrowing story that involved the mass deportation of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. What she discovered was simply stunning. The scandal involved political corruption and cover-up, religious impropriety, human rights violations, slave labor, systematic abuse and a government program that divided hundreds of families and disappeared countless minor children. This is such a grand and epic tale, it's hard to imagine that a film discussing these atrocities wouldn't be aggressively in-your-face. But the beauty of "Oranges and Sunshine" is that it takes a quieter approach and as things start to unfold, the dramatic weight of the situation really sneaks up on you and bowls you over!

A restrained Emily Watson plays Humphreys, a woman who didn't ask to be thrust into a worldwide spotlight. In the beginning of the film, she is approached by a woman for help finding her parents. This is when she firsts hears about children being shipped to Australia. Initially reticent and disbelieving, she soon hears a corroboration of this tale. She starts to dig deeper and push further, working between the U.K. and Australia to start repairing families. It consumes her life and livelihood, but she is pushed by a sense of justice. As word gets out, she is a savior to many but an embarrassment to others. And as the unfolding allegations put many important figures in an unfavorable light, she is soon discredited by many and attacked (both emotionally and physically).
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