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The Lull Before The Storm- Part 2: The Fifties

Sara Diamond

1990, 50:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 002.04.2

The Fifties is the second of two dramatic portions in The Lull Before The Storm series. The Fifties explores the histories of working class women and men in the post-war transition. It centres on changing definitions of femininity and the impact of these on family working life.

Drawing on popular, theoretical and media representations of women's nature, The Lull juggles these around a central, yet discontinuous narrative. This is ostensibly the story of Dorothy Sanderson, her son Bobby, and her husband George. Dorothy moves between waitressing, the aircraft assembly line, homemaking and childrearing. George traverses the logging industry, World War II, and construction, while Bobby gets older.

The Lull Before the Storm series includes a dramatic portion (part 1 and 2) and a documentary portion (part 3 and 4).

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