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True Story Oranges & Sunshine Goes to Cohen Media Group; Stars Emily Watson & Hugo Weaving

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 11, 2011 at 5:31AM

Rights for Jim Loach's Oranges and Sunshine, from the producers of The King's Speech, have gone to Cohen Media Group from Icon International. The film stars Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving and David Wendham and tells the true story (from a screenplay by Rona Munro) of social worker Margaret Humphreys, who, after uncovering the organized deportation of children who were sent from the UK to Australia, fought to reunite thousands of families and bring worldwide attention to the scandal.
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Thompson on Hollywood


Rights for Jim Loach's Oranges and Sunshine, from the producers of The King's Speech, have gone to Cohen Media Group from Icon International. The film stars Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving and David Wendham and tells the true story (from a screenplay by Rona Munro) of social worker Margaret Humphreys, who, after uncovering the organized deportation of children who were sent from the UK to Australia, fought to reunite thousands of families and bring worldwide attention to the scandal.

Check out the UK trailer below.


CMG chairman Charles S. Cohen calls the film "a powerful story of courage, compassion and the will to bring the truth to light…  Jim Loach guides the film with a sure hand and Emily Watson delivers a performance that will be remembered for years to come.  We are also thrilled to have the experience and expertise of producers Camilla Bray, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman who have recently come off the success of Academy Award winner The King’s Speech.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.