A compassionate investigative drama about UK-to-Australia child migration in the 1950s.
Dir: Jim Loach; starring: Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, Lorraine Ashbourne. Rating: * * *
15 cert, 105 min
Jim Loach follows in dad’s footsteps with a compassionate investigative drama about the wave of UK-to-Australia child migration in the 1950s, and the many sundered families left in the dark.
Emily Watson, in a welcome lead role that doesn’t afford her quite the opportunities you’d hope, is Margaret Humphreys, the social worker doggedly pursuing the truth down under.
Those antagonistic to her cause are only allowed to be barely-glimpsed cut-outs, which stifles any real dramatic friction in Rona Munro’s script, but the theme of dispossession does resonate — there’s moving work from Hugo Weaving and Lorraine Ashbourne as reunited siblings, whose mother is still nowhere to be found.