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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

Writers:

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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Sydney, 1959. A time of change, and opportunity. See more »

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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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Trivia

Rudi (Ryan Corr) takes Fay (Rachael Taylor) to begin their date on the Friday Evening, to see the 7:30pm cinema screening of the french language movie GERVAISE (1956) at The Hoyts Corporation Pty Limited owned "Crest Theatre" at 157 Blaxcell Street, Granville NSW. Sydney Art Deco Heritage building, this cinema was built during 1948 and opened at Easter 27th March 1948 and closing date was Saturday 24th August 1963, the iconic "Crest Theatre" is now The Blouza Hall. The movie GERVAISE (1956) only ever screened for a limited run, in just one Sydney cinema during October and November 1958 at The Savoy Theatre. From March 1939 The Savoy Theatre at 29 Bligh Street, Sydney, NSW, became the iconic venue for foreign language films, exhibiting high-class Continental films, and closed in January 1973. 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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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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Excellent Coming of Age movie
4 October 2018 | by bookaholicSee all my reviews

This film can be enjoyed simply as a feel-good story with beautiful scenery. It also shows a time of change for Australia, as well as for the young heroine Lisa: Anglo- and Irish-Australians meeting Continental European culture; a working-class girl aspiring to go to university; women wanting fulfilling relationships with their husbands, rather than settling for "he's not a bad bloke".

A lovely adaptation of Madeleine St John's novel, The Women in Black, with a great ensemble cast. Beautiful late 1950s costumes and production design recreating 1950s Sydney.

One reviewer criticised the film because "nothing happens", but for the four central characters - Lisa, Fay, Patty, and Magda - it is a summer of significant change.


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Release Date:

20 September 2018 (Australia) See more »

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$9,356,495
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