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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 Celia Massingham ... Myra
Geneviève Lemon Geneviève Lemon ... Mrs. Wentworth
Danny Adcock Danny Adcock ... Doctor
Deborah Kennedy ... Myra's Mother
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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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Based on 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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Comedy | Drama

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

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2018 (Australia) See more »

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2.39 : 1
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Ukrainian-born actress Milla Jovovich was considered to play the important role of New Australian Magda, who is Stefan's wife. However she later decided to not take on the role, because she was offered a higher paid role in Future World (2018). See more »

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LADIES IN BLACK is set in December 1959, plus January 1960. Daughter Lisa Miles (Angourie Rice) is trying to get her dad (Shane Jacobson) to sign her application form dated Saturday 12-12-1959 to apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship to pay for her entire university education, whilst her distracted dad is watching horse racing on their television. However the horse racing footage shows a Sydney horse race, where horse number 14 is the winner, whilst naming the winners of the 1966 Melbourne Cup horse race, that was held on the afternoon of Tuesday 1st November 1966 - 1966 MELBOURNE CUP, 1st Place Galilee, 2nd Place Light Fingers, 3rd Place Duo. The winner, the four year old Bay Gelding who was foaled in 1963, GALILEE had sadlecloth number four. In 1959 horse racing was heard on radio, seen in newsreel footage shown at most cinemas and at Newsreel Cinemas in each Australian Capital City, but in 1959 there were no live television broadcasts of any Australian horse races.In 1959 all Sydney horse races move clockwise, and all Melbourne horse races move counter-clockwise (anti-clockwise). See more »

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Trams in Sydney
22 September 2018 | by brianfhairSee all my reviews

While I am looking forward to the movie the shorts I have seen shows trams in Sydney in 1959. Here are some facts. Pitt Street's last tram ran in the early hours of 29 September 1957. The Labor government removed the tracks in 1958, and that the tracks were covered with tar to prevent ever being re-used. Sydney's electric tram fleet were said to be loved by passengers and tram crews alike, but were all removed from service by 1958. On the 25 February 1961, Sydney's last electric trams operated on the La Perouse and Maroubra Beach lines. I rode on these trams and I loved them, however there were no trams in the CBD of Sydney in 1959. The Bennelong Point Tram Depot was also known as The Fort Macquarie Tram Depot and was demolished in 1958, and formal construction of the Opera House began in March, 1959.


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