Dr. Margaret Humphreys was our special guest talking to us about her life, career and work that led to the writing of her book and making of the film ‘Oranges and Sunshine’. We were also joined by the film’s Director Jim Loach.
Margaret Humphreys CBE, AO is the International Director and Founder of the Child Migrants Trust. Born and educated in Nottingham, Margaret Humphreys has been employed as a qualified Social Worker throughout most of her working life. After developing a pioneering approach to post- adoption work, Dr Humphreys established Nottingham’s only international, humanitarian charity in 1987 - the Child Migrants Trust.
Over the past 30 years, Dr Humphreys has made frequent working visits to Australia. Margaret Humphreys’ work on behalf of former Child Migrants who were sent abroad from Britain as young, vulnerable children, often without the knowledge of their parents, has reached an extremely wide audience through her many T.V. and radio appearances in Britain, Europe, the U.S.A. and Australia.
Jim Loach was born in north London in 1969 and studied philosophy at University College, intending to pursue a career in journalism. He joined the BBC, where he worked as a researcher and producer and eventually won a place on the BBC director’s course. Jim got his first break directing in 1996 while working on the British current affairs programme World in Action. He went on to direct episodes of Coronation Street in 2000, and subsequently Bad Girls, Hotel Babylon and Shameless.
Jim made his feature debut in 2011 with Oranges and Sunshine. Written by Rona Munro, it starred Emily Watson as Margaret Humphreys, the social worker who exposed the scandal of child migration from the United Kingdom. He was nominated for the Golden Marc'Aurelio Award at the 2010 Rome Film Festival and the film scored over twenty nominations, including the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards for Best Film, the AFI Member’s Choice Award and Australian Film Critics Association Award for Best Australian Film. It also picked up a succession of Best Actress awards for Emily Watson and Best Supporting Actor awards for Hugo Weaving and David Wenham.
BASW want to help raise awareness of the work that continues for former child migrants and raise funds for Margaret’s amazing charity ‘The Child Migrants Trust’.