Oranges and Sunshine (2010)
While cuddling up into a blanket on the couch the other night, I did a scan of available movies and happened on “Oranges and Sunshine”. It turned out to be a wonderful choice! Emily Watson portrayed the social worker, Margaret Humphreys, with such heartfelt-emotion; I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. She told the tale of hundreds of English children being shipped off to Australia, and just left in the care of the deviant church groups or put to work at ages as young as eight. The policy of that time was so focused on removing the children from poverty stricken homes or unwed mothers that they never considered the fact they were sending them to places as bad or worse. This was a new peek into a social policy that I had never thought possible, much less even heard anything about. All of this was capped off with the government’s denial, both governments, that it had even occurred!
There are ups and downs as you go through the movie but she is a new hero in my book. Emily Watson portrays the strength needed to doggedly complete an almost impossible task and still show a soft, caring side as she mothers her children and the adult children of the horrific incident. This is a definite must see.