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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 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
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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LADIES IN BLACK was filmed on Sydney Harbour initially showing aerial shots of the boat ROYALE owned by ROSMAN CRUISES, and then on the boat are Magda (Julia Ormond) and Lisa Miles (Angourie Rice) who are seated at the stern of the boat ROYALE on the top deck, with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background, as the boat heads eastwards towards Mosman. 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 »

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Lisa: I'm sorry I'm late, but, we went for a walk and Magda told me about Slovenia before the war. Oh, and we talked about books. And Stefan made us a lovely lunch.
Mr. Miles: Who's Stefan?
Lisa: He's Magda's husband.
Mr. Miles: Oh, right, he made the lunch?
Lisa: European men like to cook.
Mr. Miles: Ah! Hmm, didn't know that. I like to drink. I'm off to the pub. See you in a couple of hours.
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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 »

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References Pépé le Moko (1937) See more »

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Excellent depiction of Sydney in 1959
29 September 2018 | by lorraine-bennSee all my reviews

Our family moved to Sydney in late 1959. We lived in Tempe, and the trams came down the Nepean Highway to the depot not far from our house. Not long afterwards, the trams were sadly replaced by buses.

My first job was in a typing pool, and I bought a black dress with a white collar - a popular work dress at that time. Some of the details in the film really brought back that time to me.

I loved the fact that the film depicted people who liked cultural pursuits such as reading and classical music. When I lived in Sydney, there were some free concerts of classical music at the Sydney Town Hall, and quite a few of my acquaintances went along.

Some of my male friends had surfboards, and went surfing regularly on the weekend. I didn't know any females with surfboards - I don't think that was very common at that time. There was a beach scene in the film, which brought back memories of that time.

I loved the fact that there was a lovely scene of the Blue Mountains. It was a popular place for Sydney people to go for a holiday, especially in winter when they could sit near an open fireplace. In summer we usually went to the beach.

The actors in the film were well-chosen and I really related to the whole film. In fact, I didn't want it to finish. It was great to see an Australian film which doesn't show us as living in the outback, and which shows some positive friendships with European immigrants. Also good to see a film which doesn't rely on the shock value of violence. The sort of people who want to see fast-moving violent films will not find this film to their taste, but I think it could be interesting to a wide audience.


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