Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. She discovered a secret that the British government had kept hidden for years: one hundred and thirty thousand children in care had been sent abroad to commonwealth countries, mainly Australia. Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead, and been sent to children’s homes on the other side of the world. Many were subjected to appalling abuse. They were promised oranges and sunshine, they got hard labour and life in institutions.
Paul Giamatti stars as himself, agonizing over his interpretation of “Uncle Vanya.” Paralyzed by anxiety, he stumbles upon a solution via a New Yorker article about a high-tech company promising to alleviate suffering by extracting souls. Giamatti enlists their service — only to discover that his soul is the shape and size of a chickpea.
The semi-autobiographical story centers on the complexities of love and commitment in a family torn apart when faced by an unexpected tragedy. The film jumps back and forth between 20 years ago and the present. The family includes domineering father Charles (Willem Dafoe), mother Lisa (Julia Roberts), son Michael ( young: Cayden Boyd; adult: Ryan Reynolds ), daughter Ryne (Shannon Lucio), Lisa’s much younger sister Jane ( young: Hayden Panettiere; adult: Emily Watson ), Jane’s son Christopher (Chase Ellison) and Jane’s daughter Leslie (Brooklyn Proulx) and Michael’s ex-wife Kelly Hanson (Carrie-Anne Moss).
Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, “Everest” documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.
The film follows Molly Moon, a young orphan girl from London who comes across an incredible book of hypnotism and uses it to hypnotise her way to a show in New York. Molly then ends up becoming rich and famous, but one man has discovered her secret and decided to steal her hypnotising book. The man tracks her down all the way to New York and kidnaps her dog. To get her dog back, Molly must rob the richest bank of all its jewels.
Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to university to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front Vera realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. She works tirelessly, experiencing all the grief of war, as one by one her closest friends are all killed and the pillars of her world shattered. But, an indefatigable spirit, Vera endures, rediscovers love and returns to Oxford, irrevocably changed, yet determined to create a world in which such a war can never take place again.
Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane struggle with Stephen’s debilitating illness as he embarks on his groundbreaking study of the nature of time, in this moving adaptation of Jane Hawking’s memoir from Academy Award-winning director James Marsh (Man on Wire). [Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival]