Oranges & Sunshine

DVD - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Oranges & Sunshine
Based on the unforgettable true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker who uncovered one of the most controversial scandals of recent times: the organized deportation of innocent children from the UK to Australia, where they were thought to be lost in the system forever. Against overwhelming odds, and with little regard for her own safety, Humphreys reunited thousands of families and brought worldwide attention to a corrupt system and an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.

Publisher: [United States] : Cohen Media Group : distributed by New Video, [2012]
ISBN: 1422919064
Branch Call Number: DVD F ORA
Alternate Title: Oranges and sunshine


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Jan 30, 2015
  • firefly5 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Shocking and sad story that needed to be told.

May 21, 2014
  • Reynold_Nugter rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

While, of course, this is a sad and depressing tale, based on real life, it is a compelling story that needed to be told. Check out the Wikipedia entry for Margaret Humphreys if you would like to know the full story. Well done.

Mar 25, 2014
  • harrybrowne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful, evocative film about the courageous and determined Margaret Humphreys, who exposed the shameful and sickening deportations of children for decades (up until 1970!) to Australia, with the complicity of the British government. These children were taken from their families and virtually sold into slavery. Emily Watson is perfect, as are Hugo Weaving and David Wenham. A must-see, especially for those who love Big Brother and think the government can do no wrong. Kudos to Gordon Brown, former PM, for the long overdue apology to the victims.

Mar 01, 2014
  • jovihobo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic true story of bureaucracy and the lives of young children in England.

Jan 10, 2014
  • SHUTCH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Having been a child during this time, I was shocked to learn about this story that received no attention here in the states (that I recall). Stunning performances by Emily Watson and all actors in this film. Great casting and a very well written and directed film. I highly recommend this movie.

Oct 15, 2013
  • aqiva rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

No closed- captions.

Jul 14, 2013
  • RDL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very compelling story. Emily Watson is superb. It certainly shows how people entrusted with a role of protecting someone can twist and subvert their mandate.

The DVD lacks, as a Bonus, an interview with Margaret Humphreys.

May 13, 2013
  • kevfarley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Powerful and restrained performances convey the depth and breath of this extradinary expose. I could scarcely believe it actually happened !!

Feb 24, 2013
  • LaughingOne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a powerful documentary! In the 1950s thousands of children were removed from their homes in England, parents were told the children were being adopted into loving homes. Instead, more than 130,000 English children were shipped to Australia over several years and on many ships. The so-called orphanages they went to were prisons for many of these children. A social worker in England, Margaret Humphreys happened upon a couple of these orphans who were trying to find their parents. That is how this scandal came to light. Well worth watching.

Dec 04, 2012
  • xaipe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a remarkable and very affecting movie. It reveals the plight of thousands of children who had been put into care in the UK and who had been deported to Australia without their parents' permission or knowledge. Being "in care" in the UK does not mean that they were unfit parents, just that they were unable at the time to care for their children for a variety of reasons. The children had been deported because it was cheaper to care for them overseas. It cost an estimated £5 per day to keep a child on welfare in a British institution, but only 10% of that, ten shillings, in an Australian one. The stories of the children, who had been sent to Roman Catholic institutions in Australia, were shocking in the levels of sadistic abuse, deprivation, and disregard for their basic human needs and for their physical and psychological well-being. As adults, they searched for their own identities and some sense of who they were. The story of Margaret Humphries, the social worker who persisted in discovering the details of what had happened and her fight with the incredible bureaucracy of the British government was very moving. Excellent cast and script. Highly recommended.

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Jan 24, 2013
  • wendybird rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you far prefer glossy, light hearted entertainment, give this film a skip. The based-on-truth content dictates the mood : thousands of British children from struggling/single parent homes were deported to Australia following WW II. Only labour and heartbreak awaited them -- not "oranges & sunshine." Emily Watson is a serious, door social worker who uncovers the story by interviewing the now-grown children, and goes public with it. Watson is a marvel in the part, and the story is important -- but perhaps best saved for mid-July viewing when Stratford scenery is also less grey.


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