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The true story of child migrants to Australia, Harrowing & Heart warming 

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.

 

Originally Posted by Blueknowz:

 

The true story of child migrants to Australia, Harrowing & Heart warming 

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.

 


Blue,

 There is another very good/very sad fact based film that covers this subject,I dont remember the name of it at the mo.

It will come to me.

The Roman C Church as always played a massive part in this, and the appalling abuse of the children.

Stu

K9

 

This is a film I haven't watched for a few years - but stands up very well.

 

OK usual suspension of disbelief: Multi talented cop; multi talented police dog; no paperwork etc.

 

The only thing which really calls attention to age for me is the initial set piece where Bulishi would today have used a mobile phone.

 

A few months ago I watched Die Hard 2, which, like all the sequels, is far below the first film, but is now further sunk by the set up, that ONLY the tower can communicate with the airliners - almost seems quaint.

 

If K9 has never crossed your path and you fancy a police partner  / comedy / drama then this may well be up your street. Stand out moment for me is the car hire, classic.

 

M

Grown Ups

 

This is the first Adam Sandler film since The Wedding Singer that I have not turned off, and .....it's OK.

 

This is not a film that I will watch again, or buy, but I did laugh at moments throughout.

 

It is a bit too saccharin for me at times, and I would have preferred the director/writer to have avoided 'messages' throughout - not the vehicle for social commentary.

 

M

The Time Traveler's Wife

 

Not read the book.

 

I am usually VERY anal about whether a plot hangs together and works, and time travel in invariably screwed up - a la The Prisoner of Azkhaban, recent Star Trek et al.

 

So, how did they do? You know I didn't care. What DID capture me was the relationships, and the way they grew. I stopped analysing and invested.

 

I suspect that it doesn't work as SciFi, but I really don't care.

 

I LOVED the analysis of the courtship by the wife, and the uncomfortable underlying thoughts that bought into focus.

 

Re-watch material? Don't think so. Like The Sixth Sense I won't add this to my collection, too memerable ...and one that having lived through it wouldn't have the same impact the next time around,

 

If you haven't seen it I'd give it a go.

 

M

La science des rêves (the science of sleep)


Michel Gondry's follow-up to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Instead of mixing up reality and memories, he's now mixing up reality and dreams. Good film, bit foggy in places but that goes with the subject, wonderful visuals. The insults at the end seemed a bit out of character?

 

EJ

Limitless


With Bradley Cooper as a slacker who has access to pills that allow him to fully utilize his brain capacity. This was made with my hero Shia in mind and it's indeed the kind of shallow action thriller with pseudo-intellectual veneer for which he has become famous. However, photography and sets are spectacular, and Cooper is pretty good.

 

Cheers,

EJ

22 Bullets

 

French film about a retired mob leader who gets hit, and survives.

 

Stars Jean Reno, who is always watchable. I enjoyed it well enough, but won't be buying it.

 

The acting is very good, but the plot feels like a re-run of several well known movies, including The Godfather; and there were points that I felt unconvinced of, including the reason for the attempted assasination - after all this film is set in modern times, not the 1930s.

 

M

The Sorcerers Apprentice

 

Oh dear - AVOID.

 

This is a Disney film that actually has a reasonable cast, and then gave them an appalling mess of a script to deliver.

 

I felt that the Director was schizophrenic, swinging between trying to delivering a darker action movie involving sorcerers, and an Animal House comedy - and failed spectacularly on all counts.

 

I really don't think there is anything in this film for anyone.

 

M

Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus


Well, what is there to say... silly title but a masterpiece of filmmaking. A great example of how a good script, good actors and some deft camera work can transcend a small budget. CGI is used sparingly, but what there is, looks very good as well. Recommended!

 

EJ

I and my little man were looking forward to this.

He has every other film.

Everyone said this was the best/most funny.

Bollacks is it,Its the least funny and has a stupid story-line.

Shame as JD PLAYING CJS is one of the best ever done imo.

The Rolling Stones KR was brilliant casting as his dad in the last and this film.

No time needed in make up.

Stu.

Winters Bone

 

 

This is the best film I have seen this year.

 

It is courageous, consistent and utterly humourless, which is entirely fitting.

 

A view of American society that rarely makes it into the cinema, the US underclass in all its hopelessness and dreadfulness; do not look for a rose tinted ending, it is true to its narrative.

 

The breakdown of society, the replacement of humane kindred spirit and support by a code of silence and violence.

 

We have the same dreadful state of affairs in the UK, and it needs open debate and a sense of urgency to tackle it.

 

Worth your time.

 

M

 

Excellent movie. Historically quite accurate if the history book I have is anything to go by. Interestingly, Mongolians do not really rate this movie as authentic. The director, Sergey Bodrov, is Russian and the main character is played by Tadanobu Asano, a Japanese actor. Those Mongolians I have spoken to pretty much dismiss it on that basis.

 

In contrast, Mongolians I know do speak highly of "The Cave of the Yellow Dog" and "The Story of the Weeping Camel", both directed by Byambasuren Davaa. She was born in Ulaan Baataar but studied film making in Germany. She returned to Mongolia to shoot these movies using authentic nomadic Mongolians rather than professional actors. Both very highly recommended.

From the sublime (ish) to the Gor Blimey:

 

RED

 

In my defence, it does have a good cast: Willis; Malkovich; Cox; Mirren et al.

 

....and?

 

Strangely disappointing.

 

I think that this was written to be tongue and cheek, amusing and exciting. A kind of modernised 'Man from Uncle' for wrinklies. But, for me, the violence was too graphic to go with the piece. In fact I'd have been happier if they had kept the cast, but aimed solidly at a 15 year old audience by slightly upping the humour and lowering the graphic violence.

 

Don't misunderstand me, the violence isn't of a Scarface variety. But when you see someone blown up and can see limbs flying in different directions, although cartoonish, it still seems to me to be a bit much, within the milieu of what I THINK they were trying to do. At least I do hope the comedy aspect was what they were aiming at; as any form of serious spy thriller is was complete cobblers!

 

M

Originally Posted by Mr Underhill:

From the sublime (ish) to the Gor Blimey:

 

RED

 

In my defence, it does have a good cast: Willis; Malkovich; Cox; Mirren et al.

 

....and?

 

Strangely disappointing.

 

I think that this was written to be tongue and cheek, amusing and exciting. A kind of modernised 'Man from Uncle' for wrinklies. But, for me, the violence was too graphic to go with the piece. In fact I'd have been happier if they had kept the cast, but aimed solidly at a 15 year old audience by slightly upping the humour and lowering the graphic violence.

 

Don't misunderstand me, the violence isn't of a Scarface variety. But when you see someone blown up and can see limbs flying in different directions, although cartoonish, it still seems to me to be a bit much, within the milieu of what I THINK they were trying to do. At least I do hope the comedy aspect was what they were aiming at; as any form of serious spy thriller is was complete cobblers!

 

M

M,

 

Not a film to watch in a critical frame of mind, but I found it very funny and entertaining in an offbeat, slightly politically incorrect way. Won't soon forget the image of Helen Mirren behind a stationary machine gun. And it was refreshing to see Willis finally taking the p*ss with himself again.

 

Cheers,

 

EJ

Last evening the first three parts of the BBC adaption of John Le Carre's "Tinker, Tailor, soldier, Spy."

 

Here is a scene from part three where a Russian female spy is being quizzed by a British one ...

 

I'll watch the rest this evening. The fascination of this DVD set never wanes for me!"

 

ATB from George

 

 

"Poetry" is a movie about really hearing and seeing what we ignore every day, about expressing one's self with complete honesty, and about the courage it takes to create poetry.  

This quiet film is filled with startling plot developments, remarkable visuals and sound, and a central character of such warmth and honesty that we may forget we are watching a performance. This is exactly the kind of aesthetically pleasing, challenging and satisfying film that I crave, and find too rarely from American filmmakers.  

Director Lee Chang-dong underplays the melodrama, allowing the languor of everyday life to pervade a bittersweet story that deals with such things as the meaning of poetry, the tragedy of a young suicide, the breakdown of civility between generations, loyalty, sexual blackmail, a life-altering poetry class, and the grandmother who finds meaning even as she starts to forget words."

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD:

 

LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Documentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Photo Gallery, Scene Access,

 

SYNOPSIS: Istvan Szabo's film Taking Sides - based on true events - recreates the suspenseful post-World War II interrogation of Dr Wilhelm Furtwangler (Stellan Skarsgard), the brilliant conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, who is considered by some to have been the most brilliant conductor of the 20th century. In the course of his de-Nazification by the Allies, Furtwangler is forced by a tough-talking American Major (Harvey Keitel) to re-examine his role during the Third Reich in the most uncompromising of terms. The confrontation between the soft-spoken cultural icon of the old world and the rough, emotional hard-hitter from the new world, makes for some electrifying verbal pyrotechnics, and brings the role of the artist in an evil regime into the limelight, to be examined along with all the other moral issues and ambiguities emerging from World War II. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: European Film Awards, ...Taking Sides ( Le cas Furtwängler ) ( Der Fall Furtwängler )

 

Surprised that I enjoyed this so much, made me smile that his flat was in the same building as an ex from way back when. She looked nothing like Rachel Weisz though 

 

Ralph Fiennes appears to be slowly morphing into Lord Voldemort and it's time that Michael Gambon was given bigger parts to chew his way through

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