Oranges and Sunshine
‘What have you to be frightened of?’
Orange and Sunshine is about a social worker from Nottingham named Margaret Humphries (Emily Watson) who reunites the children involved in the migration schemes from Australia to Britain. One of these ‘children’ is a man named Jack (Hugo Weaving) who was reunited with his sister.
Clearly, Emily Watson’s character is a very strong woman who will stop at nothing to ensure that the deported children (who were now adults) were loved and safe. Like the Railway Man proves about the truth of the Burma Railways in World War II, Oranges and Sunshine does not sugarcoat the fact that the children were taken away from their mothers since before they could recall the event and had to live with the burden that their mothers no longer recall them, or they might be dead or living on the other side of the world. Each little detail unfolds and you are practically sucker punched with the horrific facts while you have a roof under your head and most likely sharing that roof with your mother.
Hugo Weaving was as per usual, brilliant as the reserved and most likely depressed Jack. His lines are short and often mumbled but Weaving uses his facial expressions e.g looking sad or unhappy as a way to effectively convey his character. He isn’t villainous like his bigger blockbuster roles but he isn’t exactly heroic either. He has plenty of depth.
Whilst this isn’t my favorite film, it does make you think and back down from your problems when there are probably adults or young adults who don’t know their parents somewhere in this world. It is also shocking to think that it was based on a true story and it was set only thirty years ago. This movie was probably made to grab you by the throat and throttle your emotional spots to put yourself in the shoes of others.