The Oranges and Sunshine Special

Note: This is an archived entry that’s several years old. While I have ensured that all photos are restored, some links may no longer work. If you encounter any dead links, let me know and I’ll try to find a copy of the material. Some entries may not be up to my current standards as far as photo source and other credits are concerned; if you are a photographer or writer of a piece that lacks appropriate acknowledgement, please let me know and I’ll be happy to add source info.

Now that the initial flurry of Oranges and Sunshine promotion has died down a bit, i thought I’d compile a selection of video clips and links to reviews, interviews and other articles about the film. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, and even the crotchety dissenters have praised Hugo’s performance as Jack. 😉  Hugo Weaving has done one brief interview so far, which I’ll post below… I expect he and David Wenham will be more heavily involved in the Australian promotion (the film debuts there on 21 April.)  No additional international distribution is confirmed as of yet, though there’s a rumor on the O&S Facebook page that the film might come to the US in September. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

I’ve been very frustrated that none of the Oranges and Sunshine interviews or promotional clips have been embedable… There seems to be a crackdown on any kind of embedding these days. While I understand that the piracy of complete films or copyrighted work is a big problem these days, I fail to understand why materials that are explictly created to PROMOTE these films can’t be disseminated as widely as possible.  And posting links on Twitter or Facebook is a poor substitute for being able to watch a number of related clips on the same page. So I’ve taken matters into my own hands and uploaded a selection of Oranges and Sunshine promotional clips to YouTube so I could embed them here. All original sources are credited.  These clips are unlisted, so PLEASE do not post the links on any public forum. I don’t think I’m doing anything illicit here, but I don’t want to get into any trouble, and want to be able to continue sharing Hugo material this way. If my YouTube account is pulled, I won’t be able to edo that. So please, enjoy the clips, watch them as many times as you like, you can even grab your own copy of these and other O&S A/V from my O&S Archive here. But don’t public-post this stuff. I think it should be out in the open, but it’s a chilly atmosphere for any sort of unauthorized embedding these days. I hope that changes soon. Naturally, I hope you’ll all pay to see this film in a cinema or on DVD when you have the opportunity.

Sorry about that little disclaimer, now to the good stuff.

This is a brief clip from the film featuring Emily Watson (as Margaret Humphries) trying to connect to child migrant survivors after discovering the scandal behind their deportation to Australia. Hugo is seen briefly. This originated at LoveFilm.

This is an in-depth BBC preview for the film featuring interviews with director Jim Loach and Empty Cradles author Margaret Humphreys. It features the first full scene released of Hugo’s character Jack discussing his past with Emily Watson (as Humphreys). Lorraine Ashbourne portrays Jack’s sister Nicky.

Here’s some footage from the film’s London premiere from uk.real.com (with some scenes from the film included). Emily Watson, Jim Loach and Margaret Humphreys are interviewed.

Here’s STV’s promotional piece for the film, featuring interviews with Loach and screenwriter Rona Munro, along with scenes from the film.
There’s another clip from the premiere on YouTube– embedding disabled, of course. 😉

There are additional Jim Loach interview/promotional videos on YouTube from Empire, Digital Spy, Community Care, Press Association, and  Euronews (includes a scene featuring David Wenham.) In case you haven’t seen it, I’ll add the link for the  Roma Film Festival Emily Watson and Jim Loach interview from last November too.

Radio/Audio Podcasts: Jim Loach was interviewed on the Film Weekly podcast, Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review (BBC).
Margaret Humphreys was interviewed on BBC Woman’s Hour.

Internet interviews: Jim Loach was interviewed (or transcripts of his numerous preview screening Q&As posted by):   The Guardian, This Is London, The Evening StandardMovies.ie, Little White Lies, STV, the BBC, Indie London, Obsessed With Film, and Female First.

Emily Watson was interviewed by The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, This Is Nottingham (also features the Hugo weaving interview below), The Scotsman and Movie Vortex.

There’s a complete transcript of Jim Loach and Emily Watson’s preview screening Q&A at Dog Ate My Wookie.

Margaret Humphreys was interviewed by the BBC, Fan Carpet, Female First and The Guardian.

David Wenham was interviewed by the Herald Sun.

There’s an article about the controversial events which inspired the film at OpenDemocracy.net, and a very different piece on how Adelaide stood in for Perth in the 1980s at News.com.au.

Here’s Hugo’s interview from This Is Nottingham:

‘…”Jack just seemed to me to be a man crying out to be accepted and to have his story recognised,” says Weaving, better known as Agent Smith in sci-fi blockbuster The Matrix. “

When we meet him he’s still going through a great deal of issues and a lot of pain. Initially he’s very mistrustful of Margaret.” He adds: “I wanted desperately to meet the man on whom Jack is partially based – someone who’d actually come out and had that experience. He was incredibly forthcoming. It was an invaluable experience talking to him and that was my primary research. “The title Oranges and Sunshine is something that Jack says.

He was asked as a child whether he wanted to go to Australia, where he could live in a white house, ride a horse to school and be able to pick oranges off the trees for his breakfast and where the sun shines every day.

“That was the sort of golden promise that these children were sold. Oranges and Sunshine? It’s the great promise and the great lie, the great untruth that was told to these innocent children who were damaged for so many years. “And it’s the journey that Margaret takes to try to heal that and give them some sense of who they are.”  ‘

And here is a selection of positive reviews (with a few mixed reviews that praise Hugo’s performance thrown in): The Guardian, STV, Variety, Kid in the Front Row, The Film Pilgrim, Best For Film, Cinehouse UK, Eye For Film, Good Film Guide, Lost in the Multiplex, Film Chronicles, Suzy Feay’s Book Blog, The List, Screen Daily, This Is Nottingham, Eircom, The Hollywood News, I Heart the Talkies, Total Politics, FilmIreland.net, Filmoria, Fan The Fire, Pure Movies, Blueprint Review, Bristol Watershed, View, Indie London, Oxford City Guide, Time Out London, Sky Movies, Left Lion, Birmingham Post, Daily Mail, The Irish Times, Camden New Journal, The Independent, Metro.co.uk, LoveFilm, Obsessed with Film, Breaking News.ie, Close Up Film (I’ll forgive the critic for mucking up Hugo’s name) ;), Little White Lies, Express.co.uk, i-flicks.net, Highbrowse.ie, The Telegraph, Static Mass (I’ll forgive the bad graduate thesis wankery in this because he praises Hugo’s performance) ;), Evening Standard, DIY, Phil On Film, The Arts Desk, Day & Night, Cine-Vue, Every Film In 2011, For Your Consideration, Birmingham Mail, One World, The Observer, aaaaand Movie Talk Blog. 🙂


Hugo Weaving and Lorraine Ashbourne

And an early Happy Birthday to Hugo, who turns 51 tomorrow. 🙂

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