Loach's Oranges and Sunshine trailer
No it's not Ken Loach, although looking at the trailer and story you could probably see similarities, its Jim Loach, his son. Known for his television directing this marks his first feature and with Hugo Weaving, Emily Watson and David Wenham starring, he's off to a good start.
The adaptation of the Margaret Humphreys book by the Aberdeen born Rona Munro, tells the story of a social worker who discovers an attempt to hide the deportation of thousands of children from the UK to Australia, children pulled apart from families, hidden by authorities, and mistreated and abused.
Emily Watson plays the Nottingham social worker who uncovers this terrible truth and works tirelessly to reunite many of the families and bring to justice the people and authorities involved. Children as young as four years old were told that their parents were dead and offered a life of oranges and sunshine, however when they arrived they had a life of hard labour and a life in institutions that mistreated them.
Here's the official blurb for Oranges and Sunshine which pretty much says just that:
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.
That's certainly a powerful story, and it's a worthy one to bring through to the cinema, but I wonder how well it's going to play out on general release when it arrives in the U.S. in the next few weeks. It's already had a release in the UK and Australia, and I have to say it made a smaller impact than I thought it would have considering the subject matter.
The trailer looks good, and you can see it over at Apple Trailers in high definition.
Surely this is one worth seeing as it stands out from what's pouring out on general release around it.