Pittwater Life October 2018 Issue

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Ladies dressed

for big success

It has taken almost a

quarter of a century to

get the tender-hearted

comedy/drama Ladies in

Black from page to big screen

but the timing of its release

couldn’t have been better

says Bilgola-based producer

Allanah Zitserman.

Adapted from the

Madeleine St John novel, the

story set in 1959 explores

the lives of a diverse group

of department store workers

at a time when the impact of

European migration and the

rise of women’s liberation

was about to change Australia


Allanah, who moved to our

neck of the woods with her

partner and children from

Bondi three years ago, was

introduced to the book by

two-time Academy Awardnominated

director Bruce

Beresford who had been

wanting to make the film

since 1994.

“It was an opportunity to

tell an elegant Australian

story that encapsulates the

early stirrings of feminism,

the impact of immigration

on an evolving culture whilst

celebrating fashion, food,

glamour and Sydney,” Allanah

told Pittwater Life.

Ladies in Black is about

love, hope – and the perfect

dress – but it has an

undercurrent of important

themes that continue to

resonate today.

“What’s exciting is that

the messaging is so current

– women are still trying

to achieve full equality

and some people are still

uncomfortable with new

people entering their

country,” Allanah said.

“Audiences will enjoy an

extraordinarily entertaining

film, but also walk away with

ideas that they can reflect

ELEGANT AUSTRALIAN STORY: Ladies In Black has a local connection.

upon and be inspired by.

“I want the audience to be

entertained, to be touched

and to be proud of being


“I also hope that multiple

generations experience the

film together fusing the past

and present, just like the film

does,” she said.

The film, released in late

September and starring

Julia Ormond, Angourie

Rice, Rachael Taylor, Ryan

Corr, Shane Jacobson, Susie

Porter, Alison McGirr, Noni

Hazlehurst and Vincent Perez,

has attracted great reviews.

Allanah’s biggest surprise

so far has been the response

from men who have watched

the film.

“All the blokes that have

seen it so far are deeply

moved by the story and are

connecting to the film in

a very touching way – they

come out of screenings

literally beaming,” she said.

– Lisa Offord

14 OCTOBER 2018

The Local Voice Since 1991

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