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Category: Margaret Humphreys

Real-life inspiration for 'Oranges and Sunshine'

October 19, 2011 | 11:29 am

Oranges and Sunshine
The new British drama “Oranges and Sunshine," starring Oscar nominee Emily Watson (“Breaking the Waves,” “Hilary and Jackie”), Hugo Weaving (“The Matrix”) and David Wenham (“300,” “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) and directed by Jim Loach, tells the true story of social worker Margaret Humphreys, who in 1986 began to investigate a major scandal involving the British and Australian governments.

From the end of the World War II to the early 1970s, the British government forcibly relocated British children who had been placed in a children’s home and sent them to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the former Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.

The parents in England when they returned to the children’s home to retrieve their youngsters were told that they had been adopted by a good family in England. The children who were sent to Australia had been told that their mother or father had died and they were going to live the good life, filled with oranges and sunshine and a perfect family in Australia.

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