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Not such a bright, sunshiney day
©Hard-hitting emotional dramaOranges and Sunshinemight have plenty of zest, but there's nothing sunny about it. Based on true events, it tells the story of British social worker Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson) who uncovers one of the most controversial social scandals in recent years: the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom to Australia.
Director Jim Loach, son of renowned filmmaker Ken (The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Kes), brings his father's expert touch to this subtle and sombre film. Where other filmmakers could have spilled into melodrama, Loach keeps a firm grasp of gritty reality. Moving performances from Hugo Weaving, David Wenham and a bevy of other Australian actors bring the harrowing stories of the children - now suffering as adults - to life.
Watson's Humphreys is initially a difficult character to relate to, but once her icy exterior melts she's more compassionate and accessible to the audience. From the Academy Award-winning producers ofThe King's Speech, this is somewhat like a stuffy version ofErin Brockovich, with a blow-job joking American heroine swapped for a humourless British one.

Oranges and Sunshineis out Thursday, June 9.