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Trailer for Jim Loach’s ORANGES AND SUNSHINE

Ronnita "Ronnie" Miller

by: Ronnita "Ronnie" Miller
February 7th, 2011

A drama about the British government's program that relocated poor British children from orphanages to other countries seems like heavy fare for a directorial debut. But when your father is the legendary filmmaker, Ken Loach, filmmaking centering on social issues runs in the blood. Prior to ORANGES AND SUNSHINE, Jim Loach had directed episodes of popular television shows Shameless and Coronation Street, to name a few. Loach's feature screened late last year at a few festivals including the Pusan International Film Festival and the Rome Film Festival.

A trailer has been released as the film prepares for a theatrical release. Check it out after the break.

Based on the true story, documented in the book Empty Cradles by Margaret Humphreys, the film stars Hugo Weaving and Emily Watson. Watson plays the role of Humphreys who, in the 1980s, uncovered the child migration scheme that led to 130,000 children in care being deported to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa from the United Kingdom, where they faced physical and sexual abuse.

The screenplay was written by Rona Munro, the author of the screenplay of Ken Loach's LADYBIRD, LADYBIRD. From the looks of the trailer, this film will be a tearjerker. There is currently no U.S. release date for the film, but UK audiences can expect to see it in theaters on April 11, 2011.

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