Film

Oranges and Sunshine: starring Emily Watson

Did you know that up to 150,000 underprivileged children were forcibly deported from England to countries including Australia up until 1970? I had no idea. Sometimes a story is so compelling that the usual narrative drivers aren’t required.

The deportation scheme was uncovered by Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, played with the perfect amount of reserve and emotion by Emily Watson. The complex issues around how to assist those so outrageously wronged by these deportations are handled with care and consideration, as are all the different viewpoints. What also struck me was how those claiming divine guidance often commit the most horrendous acts. But hey, that’s organized religion for you.

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