Oranges and Sunshine DVD

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Oranges And Sunshine - the directorial debut of Jim Loach (son of Ken Loach) starring Emily Watson Hugo Weaving and David Wenham and based upon the best-selling book Empty Cradles.

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Released
17 April 2019
Directors
Actors
Format
DVD 
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Runtime
105 minutes 
Features
PAL 
Barcode
5051429102252 
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times: the deportation of thousands of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. Almost single-handedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. 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.

Jim Loach directs this drama about the woman who uncovered the hidden plight of the children in the British care system who were illegally deported to Commonwealth countries during the 1940s and 50s. Emily Watson stars as Margaret Humphreys, the Nottingham social worker who, in the 1980s, exposes the shocking secret that the British government has kept hidden for years: namely, that over 130,000 children, some as young as four, had been taken to children's homes on the other side of the world, where many were subjected to appalling hardship and abuse. Supported by her husband Merv (Richard Dillane), also a social worker, Margaret takes on the authorities in both Britain and Australia in her battle to expose the scandal and provide answers for its emotionally damaged victims.