‘Oranges and Sunshine’ posts big numbers at Australian Box Office

Sourced at if.com.au

By Sam Dallas

The Jim Loach film, which stars Emily Watson, David Wenham and Hugo Weaving, took in $906,232 over the long weekend, showing on 103 screens, giving it a healthy screen average of $8798.

This is the second Australian film of the year to open on more than 100 screens after 3D flick Sanctum opened on 252 screens in early February.

Distributed by Icon, the highly-emotional film stars Watson as Nottingham social worker Margaret Humphreys, who uncovers one of our country’s biggest secrets – the deportation of thousands of British children who were sent to Australia.

The story was largely unknown for many years and has come to life with the film, which saw both Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Gordon Brown apologise to their respective people back in 2009-10.

The Sixteen Films/See-Saw Films co-production was shot in both Nottingham and South Australia.

Oscar-winning producer Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech) told IF earlier this year he was immensely proud of the film, which was penned by Rona Munro.

“It just had such authenticity and truth to it and so many really touching moments as well as being about something that needs to be told,” the Sydney-based Sherman said.

“Having been involved with films from Rabbit Proof Fence to even The King’s Speech, I definitely have an imperative to try and tell stories that are meaningful and need to get out there and Oranges and Sunshine is absolutely one of those.”

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