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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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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


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


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 September 2018 (Australia) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The vision of the 1966 Melbourne Cup race called by Melbourne's own Bert Bryant does not match the vision that is showing on the television as it is a Sydney race and the horses are racing the opposite way to Melbourne's way of racing. (movie set in 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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