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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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Bruce Beresford (adaptation), Sue Milliken (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rachael Taylor ... Fay
Julia Ormond ... Magda
Angourie Rice ... Lisa
Vincent Perez ... Stefan
Nicholas Hammond ... Mr. ryder
Ryan Corr ... Rudi
Susie Porter ... Mrs. Miles
Noni Hazlehurst ... Miss Cartwright
Luke Pegler ... Frank
Deborah Kennedy ... Myra's Mother
Shane Jacobson ... Mr. Miles
Alan Dukes ... Night editor
Emily De Margheriti ... Customer #2
Grace Rouvray ... Santa boy's mother
Alison McGirr ... Patty Williams
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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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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2018 (Australia) See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The department store scenes were shot on the 7th floor of the David Jones building in the Sydney CBD. The 7th floor had remained disused for many years and still looked just as it did in 1959. The film crew only had one day to film these scenes as the next day renovations were due to begin on the building and the 7th floor would be inaccessible. See more »

Goofs

On Elizabeth Street, outside the Goodes department store on Elizabeth Street, Fay (Rachael Taylor) gets off an electric tram arriving from Circular Quay, but all the destination signs on the tram, incorrectly show that the tram is going to Circular Quay and Elizabeth Street. See more »

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A Visual Delight to be Enjoyed!
29 September 2018 | by laurelcrouchSee all my reviews

It was evident from the onset the 'Ladies in Black' nostalgic journey back to Sydney circa 1959 would not disappoint. The visual production and period content made it so appealing to watch.

A bookish schoolgirl and a fashion department manager from different backgrounds were pivotal characters for the narrative of change from the status quo. The dual storyline of a new girl entering the workforce and evolving into adulthood alongside a country evolving with new Australians from Europe . The embracement of these two characters and their positive influence on others around them complimented the awakening of new attitudes from those prevailing at the time. A passage of time handled with humour and contrast.

The film achieved its intention with a great cast. A light-hearted approach of an era some of us remember with characters that can be identified with. Above all, a visual delight to enjoy and be entertained.


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