Alexander and the Very, Very, Very, Very Long Title is based on a 32 page picture book by Judith Viorst about a young boy who feels trampled by the world and feels that his personal misfortunes are neither recognised nor understood by his family. In a moment of sly retribution, he wishes the worst possible day on his parents and siblings in a desperate attempt to have them understand his plight. Read more >>

 



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Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.

She discovered a secret that the British government had kept hidden for years: one hundred and thirty thousand children in care had been sent abroad to commonwealth countries, mainly Australia. 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.  Based on the book "Empty Cradles" by Margaret Humphreys. Starring Emily Watson, David Wenham, Hugo Weaving, Richard Dillane, Lorraine Ashbourne, Kate Rutter, Greg Stone and Tara Morice.

“Heartbreaking. Explosive. Top-notch” Richard Kuipers, VARIETY
 
“Beautifully and sensitively crafted…mesmerizing performances…Watson is luminous.” Mariella Frostrup, HARPERS BAZAAR (UK)
 
“Terrific. Emily Watson is on staggering form.....A powerful real-life story told with sensitivity and grace” Dave Calhoun, TIME OUT (UK)


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