Oranges and Sunshine

Oranges and Sunshine, released in 2011, is an Australian film about children ripped from their parents in England and shipped to foster care in Australia and Canada. Most of the film is set in Australia and England where social worker Margaret Humphreys made it her life mission to help the children, now adults, find their roots. It is an excellent film, lacking sex and violence.

The children were often forced to work and were paid only a miserable room and board. Some lived at a Catholic institution north of Perth, Western Australia, in Bindoon where some were sexually abused by the clergy. In today’s news, an Australian Cardinal, George Pell, was accused of misconduct. He may have been personally involved or he may have had oversight authority of the institution(s) involved. The shipment of children to Australia continued into the 1970s.