Film about local women
A NEW tear-jerker movie became even more emotional for three Rockhampton orphans this week when they found out they may miss the film of their lives.
Monica Cosby, Patricia Keleher and Patsy Weekers were hoping yesterday management at Rockhampton's Birch, Carroll and Coyle would be able to pull out the stops and bring the movie Oranges and Sunshine to the city after it was originally left off the screening venues.
The film, starring Hugo Weaving and Emily Watson, 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 single-handedly, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.
Children as young as four had been told their parents were dead, and were sent to the other side of the world.
The lives of the three Rockhampton women have been greatly touched by Margaret – she helped them discover their true pasts.
Monica was 13, Patricia and Patsy, both five, when they came on the same boat to Australia.
The trio, who are like sisters themselves now, were among 48 British children who were sent to the Neerkol Orphanage.
They feel the movie has special relevance to this region.
“We want it here,” Monica said.
“We all know Margaret very well ... she took me to my mother and four sisters in 1997.
“I met my parents when I was 60-years-old.”
The women went to the Rockhampton cinema and asked why it wasn't screening.
“We had been watching The Bulletin every day to see when it was coming,” Monica said.
“Eventually we went in and they told us it wasn't screening.”
Their request wasn't the only one.
Birch Carroll and Coyle Rockhampton assistant manager Rominesh Ayre said local management were in the process of trying to get a print of the movie.
“We have had a lot of enquiries,” Mr Ayre said.
He said if the cinema is able to get the movie it most likely wouldn't screen until after the school holidays.