Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Oranges and Sunshine
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.
aka Philomena Goes to Australia
Such a mistake of mine to have skipped this in theaters a few years back. Trailers were suffocating the screens, the material seemed go-to-woe mawkish, and there was this passion about showing an earnest-do-gooder story that tried to win audiences hearts in the most cinematic manner imaginable. But I was wrong, very wrong.
Oranges and Sunshine is a beautifully understated, calmly measured and intimately glimpsed film about the binding human experience. It brings to light a barely known and utterly astonishing story of British state paternalism; depicting true callousness, but done with grace, commitment and intelligence. This is a film which exposes an unforgivable moment in UK/Australian history and in doing so conveys a simple message about the importance of…
Oranges and Sunshine digs deep into one of the more insidious western migration trends in recent times, largely because it involved children taken away from family to the other side of the world, and no one ever talked about it, these children lost touch with their roots and familial identity. Fairly okay (for the time) intentions with disastrously poor results. A stolen western generation. It has an excellent title. English children often got an orange in their Christmas stocking, as they were highly sought after at the time in England. English children were promised Oranges & Sunshine, and taken away from their mothers, in some cases thrown into a sickening situation.
This film has a gorgeous supporting cast. Weaving and Wenham…
I was worried that this was going to be unbearably miserable. Admittedly it's a pretty harrowing story, not least because it's all true. However, my concern was because this is directed by Jim Loach, Ken Loach's son. Ken Loach generally has a reputation for making gritty movies about people being miserable. Another concern was that reviews seemed to suggest that the story was rather thin. I'm very happy to report that both these concerns were unfounded.
I'd heard the true story behind Oranges and Sunshine before. It was a pretty big scandal and so I suspect there are plenty of people out there who have heard about it at some point. Children in care of the state within the UK…
Ken Loach's son Jim proves the apple didn't fall to far from the tree when he collaborated with the excellent Scottish scriptwriter Rona Munro (who had previously penned Ken's Ladybird Ladybird) to tell the true story of the notorious child migration scheme which saw 130,000 children forcibly deported to Australia in the 1950s and '60s on the promise of 'oranges and sunshine' only to receive instead intolerable slave labour conditions and physical and sexual abuse at the hands of the Christian brotherhood at Bindoon.
If the true story is the (broken) heart of the film then Emily Watson is what provides the beat; a stunning actress I've long admired her ability to emote with just the smallest expression and…
Emily Watson good. storytelling bad, lazy, stupid.
This might have been a marvellous film in the right hands, but as it stands the script is just not strong enough, lapsing into 'T.V. movie of the week' material at times with a cringeworthy performance from David Wenham (that singalong in the car is just terrible!). Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving carry the film with all their might, but the material is just average at best.
This film sounded interesting. I already thought about watching this couple of years ago, just never got around to it. Emily Watson and social scandal. Should be interesting. And it was. It was a fascinating piece of history that I had no idea about. I did know about sending criminals to Australia. I also knew about sad history of aboriginal children being sent to camps/homes to be "civilized" and saved from their pagan ways. But I did not know that over 100.000 children were deported from England throughout the years to be cheap and even slave labour mistreated in the hands of well-doers (charities, monks etc). The were taken away from their misfortunate and "bad" families (single mothers or poor families) who were told they had been adopted. Heart breaking and utterly interesting. Official apology took place in 2010. Some people still lived in the institutions etc in the 90s! Real life is better than fiction. Always.
I had seen the trailer, but, despite the presence of the wonderful Emily Watson, I wouldn’t have rushed off to see this, but from somewhere we got some free tickets so we saw it last Sunday morning. The background is the forced deportation to Australia of thousands of children who were in care in Britain: this began in the 1940s and continued until the early 1970s – it is only recently that the British and Australian governments have acknowledged the brutality involved and have apologized for it. The film is set in the 1980s and follows Emily Watson’s social worker who accidentally comes across a couple of cases of adults who had been part of the deportation and are now…
très intéressant regard sur l'affaire, mise à jour par une assistante socilae, des enfants déportés en Australie, sous tolérance d'intitutions religieuses et des gouvernements anglais et australiens.
What an incredible film and an incredible story. I can't believe that went on without the knowledge of the people of the UK and Australia. An important story, well told.
The fact that this film is based on a true story makes it emotional, but I would have preferred a different actress in the lead role.
Fuck what a ride. If anyone ever scoffs about the quality of Australian film stick this in their hand. Naturalistic to the point of understatement. Amazing material. Great shots. It really doesn't get better than this.
it's always a pleasure to see Emily's performances
By-the-numbers social justice procedural halfway rescued by understated, affecting performance. Hugo Weaving deserves all of the Oranges and all of the Sunshine.
This list was spawned from a conversation I had with a friend of mine, who was looking for some horror…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award/AACTA Award in non-documentary, short or international categories.