Indie Trailers Spotlight: Main Street, Oranges & Sunshine, and Toast

Woo hoo, TGIF! I usually don’t post trailers on a Friday but tonight is our monthly Girls Movie Nite with my girlfriends, which had been on hiatus all Summer, and we’ll be watching a British indie called Starter For Ten. It’s a coming-of-age comedy starring James McAvoy, Rebecca Hall and Benedict Cumberbatch. I love the cast so I’m excited to see this one. So in honor of independent films, here are three trailers that caught my interest when I saw Midnight in Paris last Friday.

Main Street

Several residents of a small Southern city whose lives are changed by the arrival of a stranger with a controversial plan to save their decaying hometown. In the midst of today’s challenging times, each of the colorful citizens of this close-knit North Carolina community, will search for ways to reinvent themselves, their relationships and the very heart of their neighborhood.

All right now, I’ve got to admit the premise doesn’t immediately grabbed me but the cast surely does. Two British heartthrobs Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom attempting their best Southern accent, even that alone is worth a rent. I read somewhere that his natural accent is South East English, but he’s got a distinctive nasally voice that’ll always going to sound like Colin Firth no matter how hard he tries to alter it. Bloom’s American accent seems a bit more effortless though he’s not that convincing as a cop IMO, but we’ll see.

Another reason to see it is the fact that this is Horton Foote’s final screenplay before he died in 1995. He’s a Pulitzer as well as Oscar-winning playwright and writer who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies.

Oranges and Sunshine

ORANGES AND SUNSHINE tells the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the organized deportation of children in care from the United Kingdom to Australia. Almost single-handedly, 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.

When this trailer finished playing at the theater, I nudged my hubby and said ‘I have to see this one!’  I love films inspired by true stories so that alone is compelling enough, and this one kind of reminds me of Veronica Guerin and in some ways Sam Childers (the real Machine Gun Preacher) in that Margaret felt compelled to take up a cause and made it her own problem when others turn a blind eye. The story is based on Humphrey’s book Empty Cradles, and directed by Jim Loach, son of director Ken Loach (Wind That Shakes The Barley, Looking For Eric). This is Jim’s first feature film debut.

The mix of British and Aussie cast is fantastic, too. I LOVE Hugo Weaving and Emily Watson, and David Wenham should be getting more roles as he’s a pretty talented actor. I figure he’d be a good Aussie import alternative besides Sam Worthington?

Anyway, this looks really good. I hope I can catch this at the local cinema in the next couple of weeks.


Based on the award-winning book by Nigel Slater, TOAST tells the story of how the young Nigel falls in love with food as a little boy. It’s the ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960’s Britain.

Oh my, Freddie Highmore’s now grown up! You’ve perhaps remembered him as the little tyke in Finding Neverland, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, or August Rush. This time he plays a boy who’s in love with food and this is the kind movie that’ll leave one desperately craving for pie when the end credits roll!

This looks like a heartwarming British comedy. It’s nice to see Helena Bonham Carter playing someone who looks ‘normal’ for a change and not so dark. She’s quite a comedienne so I reckon it’ll be fun to watch her colorful and playful character as the cleaning lady who bewitches Nigel’s widower dad.

What do you think folks? Any of these look good to you? If you’ve seen one of these films, please share your thoughts.

21 thoughts on “Indie Trailers Spotlight: Main Street, Oranges & Sunshine, and Toast

  1. Main Street gets not favorable reviews but I agree that the cast makes it a worthy watch. Firstly, after A Single Man and The King’s Speech, every film with Colin Firth starring in it turns into a must-see for me. Secondly, I haven’t seen Bloom for a while. Thirdly, Patricia.

    As for Oranges and Sunshine, I got to tell you… I have to see this one! Thanks for sharing this trailer, I never saw it, although found on IMDb that somehow this film is in my watchlist.

    1. Yeah I figure that, it doesn’t look that promising but the cast is awesome, Ellen Burstyn and Patricia Clarkson are both super talented actresses. I haven’t seen any Bloom movie since LOTR and the first Pirates a loooong time ago, I hated that franchise.

      Glad you like Oranges & Sunshine, yeah that’s the one I’m looking forward to the most out of the three!

  2. I’ve just turned on the TV and guess what’s on, Nigel Slater’s cooking show! I haven’t read Toast but I’ve seen quite a few of his shows and seen him in interviews – he’s a very likeable man. I’m a big fan of Bonham Carter so if it’s showing near me, I’ll definitely watch Toast.

    I saw the Main Street a little while ago and it is quite intriguing… As Lesya said, after A Single Man and The King’s Speech, every film with Colin Firth in is turning into a must-see.

    Oranges and Sunshine looks very interesting, too. I agree about the mix of Aussie and Brit actors. The cast has some great names in it as well.

    1. Wow, what a coincidence! Toast just looks so yummy, it’ll be like Julie & Julia that we’ll be drooling over the food featured in the movie!

      Firth has grown into a real thespian since his Darcy days… I love The King’s Speech, though I still enjoy him in lighter fares like Bridget Jones Diary.

      I loooove Brit and Aussie actors, most of the people I like always come from those shores, ahah. Lucky you to be living in the UK 😉

  3. MAIN STREET got quite nice reactions when I posted the trailer earlier this Spring, but most people were not impressed by Collin’s American accent 🙂
    And Orlando’s mustaches he he …

    1. Yeah, he still sounds like Colin Firth, just with his British accent toned down just a bit, ahah. As for Orlando, well that mustache and haircut just doesn’t suit him. I think he’s best look as far as hairstyle is in TROY, though I hated his performance. Thanks God for Eric Bana!

  4. Damn, Main Street came out here on DVD back in July! I haven’t seen it, though, since apparently it is quite bad and I’ll only watch it if I run out of things to watch. Oranges and Sunshine has been playing for quite a while at the indie cinema, and apparently it’s quite good, but I’m waiting for the DVD release.

    Have a good movie night! I simply love Rebecca Hall.

    1. Hey Stevee, yeah Main Street is probably only good for a rental but I’m hoping to catch Oranges and Sunshine at the cinema if I can, it just looks really good.

      Yeah, Rebecca Hall is lovely, she always comes across very likable on screen.

  5. At first, I thought Main Street had to do with the novel by Sinclair Lewis. Though, it just didn’t look like the plot via the trailer! 🙂

    Toast looks like a fun movie. I have a feeling Helena Bonham Carter’s character is one that really makes it entertaining and stand out.

    Had not heard of these before, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Glad to be the one letting you know about these films, gurl 😀 Yeah, Toast look like a fun, heartwarming film, there aren’t too many of those these days. Nice to see Helena opting for a lighthearted role for a change.

  6. nevertooearlymp

    I feel like I should watch Oranges And Sunshine, both as a tear-jerker and for the social commentary, but Toast looks like it would be the one that I’d enjoy the most.

  7. Maybe ‘Toast’

    As much as I am a fan of one Mr. Colin Firth and Patricia Clarkson, the poster gives it away for me. Bloom in a cop’s uniform, ’nuff said/seen 🙂

    1. Yeah, that is a terrible poster, I agree. I think it’s worth a rental just to see Firth attempting American accent, but that’s about it.

  8. Oranges and Sunshine had my attention a while back too! Especially with Hugo Weaving! Almost didn’t recognize him at first.

    As for Main Street…don’t think I’ll be able to swallow Firth and Bloom’s accents. Bloom is always better in films of fantasy anyways.

    Toast…it doesn’t do anything for me.

    great focus on Indie films! They deserve more looks than they get.

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