When we meet sisters Heidi (Pia Miranda) and Rose (Holly Valance) they are making their way through life in unassuming ways. Heidi works at the local glass factory where she remains obstinately single, seemingly oblivious to the amorous yearnings of her shy supervisor, (Spencer McLaren) whilst sister and single mother Rose moves from boarding house to boarding house towing her warm and cheerful son Albie. They both appear to have come to terms with the pivotal event of their adolescence… being abandoned twelve years ago by their flamboyant, man-hungry, impulsive and intemperate mother Georgia (Caroline O’Connor). That’s until one day identical pink letters arrive. They are told that their mother has passed away, leaving them a Milk Bar in their home-town as an inheritance, but only if they agree to return there and live together for six months.
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“Surviving Georgia is also occasionally charming and sweet, and there are genuinely touching moments…And Shane Jacobson impresses again with his natural screen presence. Many people will love this film…”
“Driven by engaging lead performances and working from an honest but sweet script, this winds up a real charmer. Holly Valance is terrific. Directors Sciberras and Whitbread obviously love their characters, and that feeling spills infectiously off the screen – Surviving Georgia is a real charmer.”
“It’s an audience pleaser with a well maintained tone that allows the themes to breathe and terrific performances.”
“For me, labelling Surviving Georgia a Romantic Comedy does it a disservice, because it is much more than that… Like many Australian films, Surviving Georgia defies strict genre categorisations. And for me, it’s a better film for it.”
“Sandra Sciberras…really knows how to write a romantic drama, her characters are truly believable" "Pia Miranda and Holly Valance are sensational in the lead roles, and this is the movie that really shows Valance’s true acting ability. Surviving Georgia is an amazing film that Australia should be proud of. With an excellent story, fine cinematography and terrific acting this is one film that shouldn’t be missed. 4 stars”