Oranges and Sunshine
Oranges and Sunshine tells the true story of Margaret Humphreys, social worker from Nottingham who uncovered one of the biggest social scandals of recent times, the enforced depotation of children in care from the UK to Australia. Margaret uncovered the truth of this by chance and then campaigned against overwhelming odds for justice for these children and to reunite the broken families.
Beatuifully filmed in the UK and Australia, with a powerful script from Rona Munro Oranges and Sunshine features stand out performances from Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving.
Oranges and Sunshine opened in the UK on 1st April and Cohen Media Group has acquired the rights to the film in the USA.
compassionate humanism infuses the film...wrenchingly powerful ...Loach has inherited his father’s passion as well as his cinematic aesthetic. Wendy Ide
The Times Full Review
Jim Loach's sombre, painful film packs a hard punch. There are excellent performances from Watson, from Hugo Weaving...and David Wenham Peter Bradshaw
gripping...It’s a shocking story, and Loach approaches it responsibly, never wallowing in the suffering of the young
A shocking true story...told with delicacy and restraint...moving and powerfully acted
mild, understated, slow to engage with, but ultimately, and without warning, powerful and heartbreaking...subtle but undoubtedly moving Tom Fordy
The Hollywood News
Margaret Humphreys, the real woman behind Oranges and Sunshine
a beautiful dramatisation of a monstrous truth. It is (a) breathtakingly moving film Carol Midgley
The Times Full Review
a quietly devastating film...It's to Loach's credit that he manages to direct the story with calmness and subtlety, meaning that the moments when emotions do run high carry all the greater impact. Simon Reynolds
Jim Loach's debut is a powerful , deeply moving, understated account of a major social injustice ... a luminous performance of undemonstrative decency from Emily Watson
this is a moving, thoughtful, grown-up film that's a genuine eye-opener
The Daily Mail
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this stand out debut by British helmer Jim Loach... Watson is perfect.. Weaving has rarely been better ... a deepy moving study of emotionally scarred adults ... a superb Emily Watson Richard Kuipers
Variety Full Review
**** Jim Loach handles this difficult subject with commendable subtlety. His film is lean and admirably focused, and Watson is wonderfully emphatic as Humphreys ... Equally moving are two brilliant performances from Hugo Weaving and David Wenham as former victims with very different ways of coping with the past.
The Irish Independent
**** This is a film of brevity, depth and regard; desperately sad, but as clear and honest as a voice across water. Ken, the boy's done good
Shot in an uncomplicated, unfussy manner, the director knows that the power of the story alone is enough to keep you riveted ... Ultimately, what Loach provides is that most rare of things; a touching, deeply upsetting drama that retains its warmth without ever slipping into sentimentality. Marked by some great performances, it's an experience you are unlikely to shake off in a hurr, if ever. Highly recommended.
Lost In The Multiplex
A superb, moving and important film. Veronica Lee
The Arts Desk Full Review
(Loach) makes wise decisions...He avoids both easy emotional showdowns and cascades of horror stories...(he) has made a film...peopled by sympathetic characters and driven by a desire to say something about the world without losing sight of human experience Dave Calhoun
Loach... knows how to bring trying tales of deprivation and abuse to a piercing emotional pitch, more admirable is his uncanny ability to harness the power of understatement to give measured release to tension he has been building for most of the film.
The Sydney Morning Herald
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<p>12th October 2010, by Darcy Paquet</p>
Dir: Jim Loach. UK-Australia. 2010. 105mins
The real-life story of social worker Margaret Humphreys is bought to the screen with elegance and force in Oranges and Sunshine, an emotional bombshell of a film that will leave audiences shaken...an impressive debut by Jim Loach Darcy Paquet
Screen Daily Full Review
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Oranges and Sunshine opens in Australia
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