GenreDrama, History Running time1h 45m Adapted fromEmpty Cradles LanguageEnglish
Release date8 October 2010 (2010-10-08) (PIFF)
1 April 2011 (2011-04-01) (United Kingdom)
9 June 2011 (2011-06-09) (Australia) Based onEmpty Cradles by
Margaret Humphreys WriterRona Munro, Margaret Humphreys (book) Initial releaseApril 1, 2011 (United Kingdom) CastEmily Watson (Margaret Humphreys), Hugo Weaving (Jack), David Wenham (Jack), Tara Morice (Pauline), Aisling Loftus (Susie), Stuart Wolfenden (Bill) Similar moviesEmily Watson appears in Oranges and Sunshine and Angelas Ashes
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Oranges and Sunshine is a 2011 Australian drama film directed by Jim Loach as his directorial debut and stars Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving and David Wenham, with a screenplay by Rona Munro, based on the book Empty Cradles by Margaret Humphreys.
The film is based on the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered the scandal of "home children", a scheme of forcibly relocating poor children from the United Kingdom to Australia and Canada.
Margaret reunites estranged families, who are situated in Australia and the U.K., 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. Many were given to the Congregation of Christian Brothers where they were repeatedly raped.
Emily Watson as Margaret Humphreys
Hugo Weaving as Jack
David Wenham as Len
Richard Dillane as Merv Humphreys
Tara Morice as Pauline
Stuart Wolfenden as Bill
Kate Rutter as Vera
Lorraine Ashbourne as Nicky
Federay Holmes as Charlotte
Helen Grayson as Bureaucrat
Ruth Rickman as Orphan
Harvey Scrimshaw as Ben
Molly Windsor as Rachel
Neil Pigot as James
Tammy Wakefield as Susan
Adam Morgan as the Intruder
Neil May as the Commuter
Adam Tedder as the Doctor
Greg Stone as Bob
Aisling Loftus as Susie
Filming took place in Adelaide, South Australia, Nottingham, at Wirksworth in Derbyshire. Some interior scenes were filmed at the University of Leicester, Leicestershire and 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.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 71% based on reviews from 68 critics.