Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Jim Loach, the son of famed political filmmaker Ken Loach, has been laboring in the vineyards of British television for more than a decade. Now, his first motion picture, ORANGES AND SUNSHINE -- all about a long-buried British and Australian scandal so egregious, nasty and needless that it seems almost perverse -- makes its debut on our shores this Friday. The apple, it would seem, does not fall far, though Loach fils (on the basis of this film, anyway) may appear more like a tart Granny Smith than the Golden Delicious of some of his dad's recent films.
Margaret Humphreys, who first falls upon information that brings the tale to light. Played (about about as well as you can imagine any actress doing it) by Emily Watson (shown below), Mrs. Humphreys initially refuses to believe what she is learning but soon finds that she has uncovered a seemingly bottomless barrel of government shame, both in Britain -- where children, evidently deemed unworthy of being British, were packed off as "orphans" (many, if not most of them, were not) to Australia -- where, in many cases, they became nearly lifetime indentured servants.
King's Speech (perhaps you, as I, have noticed references to last year's Academy Award-winner in this film's marketing). Instead of concentrating on a single story of one of these aged children trying to discover his/her true history, Loach, together with screenwriter Rona Munro, divides our time between three different characters -- two men (played by Hugo Weaving, above with Ms Watson and further above, center; and David Wenham, below and further below) and one woman -- and then, to a lesser extent, on another handful of these now-grown children.
Cohen Media Group, open this Friday, October 21, in New York City (at Cinemas 1 2 3 and the AMC Loews Village VII) and Los Angeles (at The Landmark). Other playdates will follow, nationwide, in the weeks to come. Go to the CMG website and navigate as best you can in order to find them....