Film to screen at city arts venue

New film Oranges And Sunshine stars Emily Watson.
New film Oranges And Sunshine stars Emily Watson.

A NEW film shot on location in Wirksworth is beingscreened at QUAD in Derby until next week.

Oranges and Sunshine is a poignant drama about the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom.

The film follows social worker Margaret Humphreys, who in the 1980s discovered a secret that the British government had kept hidden for years; that 130,000 children in care had been sent abroad to commonwealth countries, mainly Australia, during much of the 20th Century.

Children as young as four had been sent to children’s homes on the other side of the world.

They were promised oranges and sunshine, they got hard labour and life in institutions.

Margaret Humphreys brought the subject to worldwide attention, brought authorities to account and reunited children with their families. Starring Emily Watson as Margaret, Oranges And Sunshine (Certificate 15) is directed by Jim Loach and screens at QUAD until Thursday April 14.

There will also be another screening of locally-shot film, The Story Of Derby’s Roundhouse (E), back by popular demand in April.

Directed by local filmmaker Doug Smith and produced by Simon Groom, this is a fascinating account of how Derby’s Roundhouse, the oldest surviving building of its kind in the world, was rescued and transformed into a unique and inspirational centre of excellence for Derby College.

The Story Of Derby’s Roundhouse (E) screens on Sunday, April 10, at 4pm, the film will be introduced by producer Simon Groom and Director Doug Smith.

For more information about films screening a QUAD or to book seats, please call QUAD Box office on (01332) 290606 or see