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.
For exterior shots of the Goodes department store the Downing Centre courthouse complex in the Sydney CBD was used. Prior to being used as a courthouse, this building was home to Mark Foy's Limited,which coincidentally was a a major Sydney department store that traded from 1885 until 1980. See more »
There's a scene at Istvan's house where goulash is served. Depending on geography Goulash can be a stew or a soup. It is definitely a soup in Hungary so people use spoons to eat it and not forks as it was described in the movie. See more »
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.
He's Magda's husband.
Oh, right, he made the lunch?
European men like to cook.
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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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 »
It was evident from the onset the 'Ladies in Black' nostalgic journey back to
Sydney circa 1959 would not disappoint. The visual production and period content made it so appealing to watch.
A bookish schoolgirl and a fashion department manager from different
backgrounds were pivotal characters for the narrative of change from the status quo. The dual storyline of a new girl entering the workforce and evolving into adulthood alongside a country evolving with new Australians from Europe . The embracement of these two characters and their positive influence on others around them complimented the awakening of new attitudes from those prevailing at the time. A passage of time handled with humour and contrast.
The film achieved its intention with a great cast. A light-hearted approach of an era some of us remember with characters that can be identified with. Above all, a visual delight to enjoy and be entertained.
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