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Ladies in Black (2018)

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Adapted from the bestselling novel by Madeleine St John, Ladies in Black is an alluring and tender-hearted comedy drama about the lives of a group of department store employees in 1959 Sydney.

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Bruce Beresford

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Madeleine St. John (based on the novel: "The Women in Black" by), Sue Milliken (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Ormond ... Magda
Angourie Rice ... Lisa
Rachael Taylor ... Fay
Alison McGirr ... Patty
Ryan Corr ... Rudi
Vincent Perez ... Stefan
Susie Porter ... Mrs. Miles
Shane Jacobson ... Mr. Miles
Noni Hazlehurst ... Miss Cartwright
Nicholas Hammond ... Mr. Ryder
Luke Pegler ... Frank
Celia Massingham ... Myra
Geneviève Lemon Geneviève Lemon ... Mrs. Wentworth
Danny Adcock Danny Adcock ... Doctor
Deborah Kennedy Deborah Kennedy ... Myra's Mother
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Storyline

Ladies in Black is set in Sydney in the summer of 1959, against the backdrop of Australia's cultural awakening, breakdown of class structures, and liberation of women. It tells the coming-of-age story of suburban schoolgirl Lisa, who while waiting for her final high school exam results with dreams of going to the University of Sydney, takes a summer job at a large department store. Here she works side-by-side with a group of saleswomen who open her eyes to a world beyond her sheltered existence, and foster her metamorphosis.

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Sydney, 1959. A time of change, and opportunity. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some suggestive material, mild language, and smoking | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2018 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Леди в чёрном See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Fay (Rachael Taylor) is at home and after showering she is seen watching a feature length movie, on her black and white television screen. Lydia MacMillan (Merle Oberon) and Bob Willard (George Reeves) are heard and seen dancing together, in a short sequence from the Alexander Korda Films, United Artists released movie called Lydia (1941). See more »

Goofs

On the counter at the Goodes Department Store, the 1950s/60s/70s cash register appears to be the NCR 100-146 cash register. Incorrectly the cash register is the post-decimal version, that was seen all over Australia from 14th February 1966 when Australia changed the currency to Australian dollars and cents, from Australian pounds shillings and pence. Mechanical, manually operated, built like a tank, and guaranteed to strengthen the muscles in most shopkeeper's fingers. See more »

Quotes

Magda: I should have gone to mass this morning. Oh! Too late now.
Stefan: Well, there is a midday mass.
Magda: Oh, I need some rest.
Stefan: I'm sure God will understand.
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Alternate Versions

Australian PG rated PAL video version on DVD and Blu-Ray runs 109 minutes and 4 seconds. United Kingdom PAL video version has BBFC Approved Running Time of 104 minutes 35 seconds. See more »

Connections

References The Nun's Story (1959) See more »

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Halcyon days of Sydney retail
25 September 2018 | by carringtonroadSee all my reviews

'Ladies in Black' was a wonderful and nostalgic movie especially when one has lived through those days. I was a teenager working in Sydney in 1959, my mother was a Lady in Black, she worked at Mark Foy's in the lace department for many years. The movie brought back all the memories of those days, Hyde Park, Sydney Harbour, the Blue Mountains, the trams and the new double decker busses. The days when retail shops actually served people, not like today when you have stand in line at a check out. I loved the fashions and the way the social issues of the day were delicately spoken of. Did it really matter if the race horses were not actually of that day it was such a small part of the movie. I think the makers of the film really made a great movie of that time and I take my hat off to all concerned in making of this wonderful film. Well done. J.E.M.


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