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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:
Julia Ormond ... Magda
Rachael Taylor ... Fay
Angourie Rice ... Lisa
Vincent Perez ... Stefan
Ryan Corr ... Rudi
Nicholas Hammond ... Mr. ryder
Susie Porter ... Mrs. Miles
Noni Hazlehurst Noni Hazlehurst ... Miss Cartwright
Luke Pegler ... Frank
Alison McGirr ... Patty Williams
Shane Jacobson ... Mr. Miles
Deborah Kennedy ... Myra's Mother
Jesse Hyde ... Michael
Edmund Lembke-Hogan ... Brian
Trent Baines ... Greg


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



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Release Date:

20 September 2018 (Australia) See more »

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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fay (Rachael Taylor) is at home and after showering she is seen watching a feature length movie, on her black and white television screen. Lydia MacMillan (Merle Oberon) and Bob Willard (George Reeves) are heard and seen dancing together, in a short sequence from the Alexander Korda Films, United Artists released movie called Lydia (1941). See more »


Movie is set in Sydney in 1959, but in a shot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Harry Seidler's Blues Point Tower was visible, but that tower was only built in 1962. See more »

Crazy Credits

There are costume department creatives (cutting - sewing) that are listed in the closing credits as "Cutters . . . and . . . Sewers". However "Sewers" is only defined as "Sewers are large underground channels that carry waste matter and rain water away, usually to a place where such sewage is treated and made harmless". See more »

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Absolutely delightful. Made my day!
20 September 2018 | by annegiuSee all my reviews

The casting for this movie was masterful. Shane Jacobson was fabulous as rhe 1950's Aussie dad and Ryan Corr was perfect in his role as the Hungarian "reffo". He owned that character! Julia Ormond played a Slovenian fashion guru to a tee and the sets were marvellous. From the department store in Sydney centre to the flat by the water in Mosman and the suburban, red texture brick house in Granville... spot on. A feel-good movie that has you laughing and reflecting on it for days afterwards.

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