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

Sue, right now,

your baby needs to be safe

and you need a bit of support,

don't you?

I know you love her.

Of course you do.

But this will give you a chance

to sort yourself out.

I couldn't get on top of it,

with everything...

Don't, Margaret. Don't take her.

Do you want to put her down, Sue?

Just put her in the carrycot.

You all right, love?


Put her down.

There you go.

You'll be able to see her tomorrow.

I'll take you to her and you'll

be able to see that she's fine.

Whoa, darling.


Don't! Please! Margaret, please!

I'll do better, I will!

The thing I love about this group

is that you don't have to

explain yourself here.

We've all been adopted as kids

and OK, we've all had different

experiences after that,

but it's a big bottom line, isn't it?

Anyway, I'm glad to be here tonight.

I don't mind telling you.

I've been getting a lot of grief at work.

Things have been

getting me down, really.

Been feeling a bit, a bit lonely.

You know, when you always think

is it because of what happened

when I was a kid?

You know,

maybe I'll never be right.

But you can't always know that,

can you?

You just...

you just always wonder...

Is this where the Triangle Group is?

Yes, that's right,

but we've finished for the night.

Charlotte. Charlotte Cooper.

Can I have a quick word?

It won't take a minute.

Well, what you're looking for

isn't really what this group does.

This is a local support group, really.

I might be able to refer you to somebody

who'd be able to offer you counselling.

I don't want counselling.

I want to find out who I am.

Well, this isn't really the way to...

I don't even know if my name

and birth date are right.

I remember leaving England...

I was four years old...

I was in a children's home

because my parents were dead.

They sent me in a boat to Australia.

All I know for certain is

I was born in Nottingham.

What do you mean

they put you on a boat?

They put us all on a boat for Oz.

Hundreds of us.

Your adoptive parents were emigrating?

No. No parents, no guardians.

Just a couple of hundred kids,

they sent us away.

- That can't be right.

- What do you mean?

It's simply not legal. There's no way

a group of unaccompanied children

would be shipped off like that.

- You calling me a liar?

No, of course not.

That is the one thing I know...

I know about who I am.

Don't you tell me that's not true.

OK, look. I can see you're upset.

Why don't you come to my office

on another day?

Take this.

That's my name,

that's all I've got to tell anyone

where I've come from.

It is 10:
30 at night-

I can't find anything else.

I've tried everything.

I've been everywhere.

Now, my time's running out.

I'm flying back.

So you have a look and you write

and tell me how wrong I am.

You come 10,000 miles to find home,

they call you a liar.


You're not a bloody saint.

You were tired.

Yeah, I know,

but I should have seen it coming.

You can't always see it coming.

- Why's Ben out of bed?

- Oh, hello, miss. Ben spilled his juice.

- It wasn't my fault.

- What are you doing out of bed?

I can't sleep. Can I read?

No. Go on, go back up to bed

and I'll come tuck you up in a minute.

It's not fair, I'm older than him.

- Happens all the time.

- Come on, up you go.

I just hope I did the right thing.

Margaret, we're social workers.

There's no right thing.

There's social-work practice,

court decisions...

My professional judgement.

Which means that sometimes

you're doing the right thing,

and sometimes

you're oppressing the poor

with the middle-class values

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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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