An Australian Story: Oranges and Sunshine

Michael O’Neil, from Perth, has found a soft spot in this blog: I am woefully unconversant when it comes to movies. So, when someone sends us a post about movies, we’re all over it! Thanks Michael. America mostly attends movies on Fridays and Saturdays — so far as I know — so here we go…

Oranges and Sunshine (2011) was a hard movie to watch, for us Aussies, at least. Based on a true story, the sometimes heart-warming and sometimes heart-wrenching movie portrays the government-sponsored removal of thousands of children from England to Australia from the 1940s through the 1970s.

The heroine of the story is a gutsy English social-worker, whose unwavering commitment to them finally saw official acknowledgement of the injustice perpetrated upon them. For me, a highlight was her commitment to them rather than simply a commitment to a cause.

The movie includes some street-scenes of our hometown, Perth, and the surrounding countryside. I am not sure how available the DVD will be in the US, but can be downloaded or rented from iTunes/AppleTV.

Has anyone seen it? What did you think?

A similar story, if you like this one, is Rabbit Proof Fence, which chronicles the fate of Australian aboriginal children and families caught in a similar web of state-sponsored, well-intentioned intervention.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Steph

    I watched Rabbit Proof Fence about a decade ago. Must have been soon after its release. One of a very few unforgettable movies I have seen.


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