Oranges And Sunshine


Ken Loach tackles the scandal of British children deported to Australian orphanages

Oranges and Sunshine review

A true story of institutional child abuse is bound to be devastating, so it’s to Jim Loach’s credit that he delivers his debut delicately.

Emily Watson exudes brisk concern as a Notts social worker who in 1986 uncovers the pre-’70s scandal of children deported from British care homes to brutal Australian orphanages.

Loach and screenwriter Rona Munro largely stress facts over feelings.

It lacks the polemical roar of Ken’s classics but generates its own gentle poignancy.

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