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Year: 2010
USA: Cohen Media Group
UK: Icon Film Distribution
Cast: Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Richard Dillane, Lorraine Ashbourne, Aisling Loftus, Stuart Wolfenden, Federay Holmes, Tara Morice, Molly Windsor, Harvey Scrimshaw, Tammy Wakefield, Alistair Cummings, Kate Rutter, Marg Downey, Geoff Revell, Chrissie Page, Tristan Hudson, Marie Wheeler-King, Tanya Myers, Greg Stone, Russell Dykstra, Jude Henshall, Mandahla Rose, Geoff Morrell, Barbara Marten, Tony Mack, Neil Melville, Neil Pigot, Eliza Lovell, Robert Purdy, Tim Goodman, Brenda Lawrence, Carolina Giammetta, Mark Jardine, Kate Box, Adam Morgan, Adam Tedder, Marcus Eyre
Director: Jim Loach
Countries: UK / Australia
USA & UK: 105 mins
USA Rated: R for some strong language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and references to child sex abuse
USA Release Date: 21 October 2011 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 1 April 2011


The story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson), 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.

ORANGES AND SUNSHINE is based on the novel Empty Cradles by Margaret Humphreys.

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