A new trailer for the drama Oranges and Sunshine has been released. The film is one of those “too disturbing to be true” tales that tells the real-life story of one social worker’s quest to uncover a hidden scandal on a massive scale, as she discovers that forced migration of children from the United Kingdom to Australia had occurred as recently as the 1950’s and 60’s. The trailer is quite intriguing, and I was wholeheartedly involved until the heavy-handed narration took over, making it seem more like a Lifetime or direct-to-DVD movie than an actual feature. Nevertheless, the story is crazy and I’m interested enough to check it out.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, and David Wenham. Oranges and Sunshine opens in select theaters October 21st.
Here’s the trailer (via Thompson on Hollywood):
Here’s the synopsis:
Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times: the deportation of thousands of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. Almost single-handedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead, and been sent to children’s homes on the other side of the world. Many were subjected to appalling abuse. They were promised oranges and sunshine: they got hard labour and life in institutions.