Possibly the largest recent social scandal to rock Australian and British was the “Child Migrant Scheme”, where thousands of poor and orphaned children were shipped unaccompanied from Britain to Australia, where they were promised a land of “oranges and sunshine” but instead received systematic abuse from secular and religious institutions.
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Emily Watson Talks True Horror Story Oranges and Sunshine, Trailer Exclusive
Check out the new trailer for Oranges and Sunshine (below), the first film from director Jim Loach—son of Ken Loach. Cohen Media will release the film, which has already opened in the UK, from producers Camilla Bray, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of The King’s Speech, into the award season fray in October (reviews here). Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves) stars in this true story, adapted by Rona Munro from the memoir Empty Cradles by Nottingham social worker Margaret Humphreys. In the 80s she discovered that in the 50s and 60s the UK deported thousands of abandoned children, as young as four, to abusive work homes in Australia. She challenged the authorities in order to expose this miscarriage of justice and reunite thousands of families.
Oranges and Sunshine is an equally confronting and tender story about loss of identity of abuse of power, as told through the heroic actions of a secular saint who stood up to those who had no voice.