Tuesday 12 December 2017

Film Highlights Wednesday

Oranges and Sunshine (2010)

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BBC1, 12.05am

Jim Loach's intelligent and moving drama is based on the remarkable story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker who exposed a scandal involving the deportation of British children in care. Emily Watson (above) plays Humphreys, who's working as a family social worker in 1980s Nottingham when she's approached by a distraught Australian woman.

The woman has come to England to look for her mother, from whom she was separated as a small child. After being taken into care, she was promised a new life of 'oranges and sunshine', and shipped off to Australia with hundreds of other children.

When Margaret starts to investigate, she uncovers an unofficial policy that stretched back to the late 19th century and involved the covert exporting of children in care to Australia. With Hugo Weaving and David Wenham.

The Iron Mistress (1952)

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TCM, 4.50pm

This entertaining Gordon Douglas western stars Alan Ladd and is very loosely based on the exploits of Texan adventurer Jim Bowie, who arrives in New Orleans to trade lumber but ends up falling in love with a treacherous blonde and designing himself a very nasty-looking knife. With Virginia Mayo.

Batman Returns (1992)

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Sky Movies Christmas, 8.00pm

In the second of Tim Burton's 'Batman' adaptations, Michael Keaton reprises his role as the caped crusader who this time has to save Gotham from a strange freak called The Penguin who emerges from the city's sewers, and a demented but distractingly nubile villain called the Catwoman.

Love Actually (2003)

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RTE One, 9.35pm

The schmaltz comes thick and fast in this intermittently funny romantic comedy written and directed by Richard Curtis. Colin Firth plays a lonely prime minister who falls in love with the girl who brings him his tea, and Martine McCutcheon, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley and Alan Rickman also star.

The Kingdom (2007)

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UTV, 11.45pm

Jamie Foxx stars in this rather unadventurous thriller as the head of a crack FBI forensic unit who travel to Saudi after a terrorist attack on an American civilian compound has left hundreds dead. But as they begin their investigation they find the authorities surprisingly reluctant to help.

As If I am Not There (2010)

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RTE Two, 12.00am

Juanita Wilson's drama makes for grim viewing and is set at the height of the Bosnian conflict. Natasha Petrovic is Samira, a young Muslim woman from Sarajevo who's working as a schoolteacher in a small village when it's attacked by militiamen who kill all the men and kidnap the women.

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