Review: Oranges and Sunshine

In the 1980s, an English social worker named Margaret Humphreys uncovered a decades long government and church scheme to deport children. Oranges and Sunshine tells that story. The children, some as young as 3 or 4 years old, were sent to many countries, mostly Australia, where they were used as slave labor, abused, their stories hidden. Continue reading “Review: Oranges and Sunshine”

Review: Belle

Belle tells the story of a mixed-race woman raised as an aristocrat in 18th Century England. The political overtones of the story are as relevant today as they were then. Continue reading “Review: Belle”

Watch This: Trailer for Belle

Belle will be in theaters May 2. It looks good to me and has a terrific cast. The film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw from Touch, Undercovers, and Larry Crowne. The film is based on a true story about an illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral who is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle.

Also featured in the cast are Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Sarah Gadon, James Norton, Tom Felton and several more well-known actors.

Themes around race, class, and the status of women promise to make this film meaningful. The mindset of the British in the 18th Century is under the microscope here, but the same issues are still with us today.

I hope it isn’t one of those films where the good white folks save the poor helpless mulatto girl – the preview doesn’t sound like it will be.

The cast talks about the film in this interview with The Hollywood Reporter. The director Amma Asante also appears in this interview.

The Book Thief Looks Good

The Book Thief looks really good! It’s based on Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel from 2007 and is about a young girl in Nazi Germany. She seeks refuge in stolen books while her family hides a young Jewish man in the basement.

The film is directed by Brian Percival. It stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse and Ben Schnetzer. The Book Thief comes out in November.

Thirteen year old Sophie Nélisse has already won acting awards for her two previous films, and I’m sure you are aware of the acting talent you can expect from Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.

This is the international trailer for the film.

Also check out the American version of the trailer.

You might also be interested in this interview by Amber Gochoel with actors Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush and director Brian Percival.

What do you think of the film? Do you plan to see it? Or, if you have seen it, what did you think of it?