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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.

Director:

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

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 Celia Massingham ... Myra
Geneviève Lemon Geneviève Lemon ... Mrs. Wentworth
Danny Adcock Danny Adcock ... Doctor
Deborah Kennedy 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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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 See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2018 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Леди в чёрном See more »

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Numerous Sydney electric trams are featured in the film, set in November/December 1959, it should be noted that all the electric trams in the Sydney CBD, were all replaced by diesel buses. Ending 100 years of tram services, Sydney's last electric tram ran in the Sydney CBD from Hunter Street in the city and then along Elizabeth Sreet in the city, Oxford Street, and along Anzac Parade to La Perouse on 25th of February 1961. See more »

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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Features Gervaise (1956) See more »

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A Visual Delight to be Enjoyed!
29 September 2018 | by laurelcrouchSee all my reviews

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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