As we go into the Northern Hemispere summer there is a plethora of new and exciting films that are about to open. And while yes … I do have plans on going to see the last Harry Potter Film and there is no way I can escape Cars2 (even if I wanted to ) … I am really looking forward to a new Australian film by the Oscar Winning Producers of the King’s Speech, Oranges and Sunshine (opening Australia 9 June 2011)
Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. She discovered a secret that the British government had kept hidden for years: one hundred and thirty thousand children in care had been sent abroad to commonwealth countries, mainly 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 labour and life in institutions.
The cast is amazing including Emily Watson, David Wenham and Hugo Weaving and would be enough to encourage me to go the cinema. I am curious to how they will manage the balance of the personal and political sensitivities with being accurate and informative on what happened and making a workable film. If the trailer is anything to go by it is going to do it brilliantly.
Glasgow Film Festival 2011 – Interview with Director, Jim Loach and Writer, Rona Munro.