Oranges and Sunshine

Synopsis: Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Jim Loach
Production: Independent Pictures
  8 wins & 20 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

of a reactionary government.

Don't make that face at me.

Kiss from Mummy.

Sometimes, you're just tired.

Ooh, you're heavy. Now, then.



Had bad dream.

Oh, sweetie. You OK?

What happened?

It was a long, long tunnel thing

and I couldn't...

You couldn't what?

Couldn't get out and I couldn't find you.

Darling, I'm here.

I lost you.

Oh, sweetie. I'm here now.

I'm not going anywhere, OK?

All right?

You going to go back to sleep?

All right.

- I think you have to talk about it.

- Exactly.

I only told my husband

just this last year.

Good for you.

What do you think, Nicky?

Um, well, I know what you mean,

but sometimes I think it sounds stupid

if I told everyone

what was bothering me.

What is it?


It's my brother, my brother Jack.


I don't really see him, you see.

Do you want to tell everyone

who Jack is, Nicky?


Uh, yeah.

- That's my brother, Jack.

- That's lovely.

He found me a few years ago.


Just got a letter out of the blue.

'Dear Nicky, I think I may be

your brother Jack.'

And he was.

Well, soon as I saw him, I knew.

I mean...

I remembered. That's right.

Once upon a time,

I used to have a brother.

So where is he?


Can you believe it?

It was the Sally Army

who found me for him.

They'd taken us both in

and put me in my first foster home

and shipped Jack off to Australia.

So, uh...

I mean, I know I have family,

I suppose,

but he's so far away,

and sometimes it's hard to feel...


So was he adopted

by an Australian family?

Uh, no. No.

It was just kids, Jack said.

A big ship full of kids from 5 to 13,

all being sent off to Australia.

You never told me that bit, Nicky.

Didn't I?

Well, that's what happened.

Could still all be

just coincidence.

Do you think so?

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Rona Munro

Rona Munro (born 7 September 1959) is a Scottish writer. She has written plays for theatre, radio, and television. Her film work includes Ken Loach's Ladybird, Ladybird (1994), Oranges and Sunshine (2010) for Jim Loach and Aimée & Jaguar (1999), co-authored by German director Max Färberböck. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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