Oranges and Sunshine

Oranges and Sunshine is a 2010 Australian drama film directed by Jim Loach as his directorial debut. It stars Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving and David Wenham, with a screenplay by Rona Munro, based on the 1994 book Empty Cradles by Margaret Humphreys.[2]

Oranges and Sunshine
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Theatrical film poster
Directed byJim Loach
Screenplay byRona Munro
Based onEmpty Cradles by
Margaret Humphreys
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyDenson Baker
Edited byDany Cooper
Music byLisa Gerrard
Production
companies
See-Saw Films
Sixteen Films
Distributed byIcon Film Distribution
Release dates
  • 8 October 2010 (2010-10-08) (PIFF)
  • 1 April 2011 (2011-04-01) (United Kingdom)
  • 9 June 2011 (2011-06-09) (Australia)
Running time
105 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom
Australia
LanguageEnglish
Box office$6,299,747[1]

PlotEdit

The film is based on the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered the scandal of "home children",[3] a scheme of forcibly relocating poor children from the United Kingdom to Australia and Canada.[4]

Margaret reunites estranged families, who are situated in Australia and the UK. and brings worldwide attention to the cause.

Deported children were promised oranges and sunshine but they got hard labour and life in institutions such as Keaney College in Bindoon, Western Australia.[5] Many were given to the Congregation of Christian Brothers, where they suffered physical and sexual abuse.[6]

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

FilmingEdit

Filming took place in Adelaide, South Australia, in Nottingham, and at Wirksworth in Derbyshire. Some interior scenes were filmed at the University of Leicester, Leicestershire, in Nottingham County Hall and in the porte-cochère of Nottingham railway station. Other locations that appear are a train on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway; Australia House in London and an overview of Nottingham Council House and the Old Market Square.

A casting session was held in Nottingham to find one boy and one girl for the roles of Margaret's children.[7]

ReceptionEdit

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 71% based on reviews from 68 critics.[8]

AccoladesEdit

Award Category Subject Result
AACTA Award
(1st)
AFI Members' Choice Award Camilla Bray, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman Nominated
Best Film Nominated
Best Actor David Wenham Nominated
Best Actress Emily Watson Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Hugo Weaving Won
Best Editing Dany Cooper Nominated
Best Costume Design Cappi Ireland Nominated
AFCA Awards Best Australian Film Nominated
Best Actor David Wenham Nominated
Hugo Weaving Nominated
Best Actress Emily Watson Won
ASE Award Best Editing in a Feature Film Dany Cooper Won
ASSG Award Best Achievement in Mixing in a Feature Film Gethin Creagh Won
Sam Hayward Won
FCCA Awards Best Film Camilla Bray, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman Nominated
Best Actor David Wenham Nominated
Best Actress Emily Watson Won
Best Supporting Actor Hugo Weaving Won
Inside Film Awards Best Feature Film Camilla Bray, Iain Canning, Jim Loach, Emile Sherman Nominated
Best Script Rona Munro Nominated
Best Actor David Wenham Nominated
Best Actress Emily Watson Won
Best Editing Dany Cooper Nominated
Best Music Lisa Gerrard Nominated
Best Sound Gethin Creagh Nominated
James Currie Nominated
John Hughes Nominated
Andrew Plain Nominated
Best Production Design Melinda Doring Won
Rome Film Festival Golden Marc'Aurelio Award Jim Loach Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actress Emily Watson Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Hugo Weaving Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Oranges and Sunshine (2011) - International Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". boxofficemojo.com.
  2. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 63. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  3. ^ Edemariam, Aida (20 February 2010). "People should sort this mess". The Guardian. London.
  4. ^ "Hollywood flick to tell story of Notts social worker". thisisNottingham. 30 September 2009. Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
  5. ^ "College History". Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon. 2002. Archived from the original on 24 November 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  6. ^ Patrick Barkham. "Child migrants: 'I didn't belong to anybody'". The Guardian.
  7. ^ "Notts youngsters hope to land part in new film". thisisNottingham. 12 October 2009. Archived from the original on 14 January 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Oranges And Sunshine". Rotten Tomatoes. 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.

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