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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.


Bruce Beresford


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


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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Bruce Beresford's latest film LADIES IN BLACK was test screened first at The Regal Cinema located at 4 Moore Street, Birmingham Gardens, Newcastle, NSW. The last and longest-running single-screen cinema in Newcastle and has 125 seats. Bruce Beresford said "Testing the film up there was a superior move, reaction overtly good. The people who run The Regal Cinema are friends of mine." George Merriman said, "He (Bruce Beresford) is a real friend of The Regal Cinema. He wanted to get some feedback before they did the final touches. He said the screening was the best screening for what he needed. The Regal Cinema audience helped shape what is going to be the next great Australian film." See more »


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 »


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 »


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

User Reviews

A near perfect film
30 September 2018 | by mgahrensSee all my reviews

We are living in times of aggression and in your face violence and sex. This film leaves you feeling great with a smile on your face as you walk out of the theatre. Not to be missed

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Release Date:

20 September 2018 (Australia) See more »

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2.39 : 1
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