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Jim Loach

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Oranges and Sunshine

Feature, 2010 Sixteen Films Producer Camilla Bray Director Jim Loach Writer Rona Munro Starring Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham & Tara Morice

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.


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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.

Jim Schembri The Sydney Morning Herald

Jim Loach's sombre, painful film packs a hard punch. There are excellent performances from Watson, from Hugo Weaving...and David Wenham

Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

gripping...It’s a shocking story, and Loach approaches it responsibly, never wallowing in the suffering of the young

Chris Tookey Daily Mail

A shocking true story...told with delicacy and restraint...moving and powerfully acted

Henry Fitzherbert Daily Express

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 Digital Spy

(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 Time Out

mild, understated, slow to engage with, but ultimately, and without warning, powerful and heartbreaking...subtle but undoubtedly moving

Tom Fordy The Hollywood News

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 impressive debut by Jim Loach

Darcy Paquet Screen Daily

a beautiful dramatisation of a monstrous truth. It is (a) breathtakingly moving film

Carol Midgley The Times

A superb, moving and important film.

Veronica Lee The Arts Desk

compassionate humanism infuses the film...wrenchingly powerful ...Loach has inherited his father’s passion as well as his cinematic aesthetic.

Wendy Ide The Times

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

Phillip French The Guardian

this is a moving, thoughtful, grown-up film that's a genuine eye-opener

Chris Tookey The Daily Mail

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

**** 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

Tom Seymour Lovefilm

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.

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