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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.


Bruce Beresford


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 Celia Massingham ... Myra
Geneviève Lemon Geneviève Lemon ... Mrs. Wentworth
Danny Adcock Danny Adcock ... Doctor
Deborah Kennedy Deborah Kennedy ... Myra's Mother


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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 »

Also Known As:

Леди в чёрном See more »

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


In 1959 Sydney residential single-phase two-wire mains electricity service flows overhead from the street service pole via two insulated wires to the two insulators at the service point located outside the house at roof level, where the Home Wiring System begins that sends electricity to the main meter box. The red brick house, where Lisa Miles (Angourie Rice) lives with her parents (Susie Porter and Shane Jacobson), incorrectly shows its mains electricity service with one aerial bundled cable that was only installed in Sydney from the 1980s, with just the one insulated outdoor Double Core Double Insulated Cable Wire connected using only one of the two electricity insulators visible at the service point. 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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So refreshing!
18 December 2018 | by kms-91461See all my reviews

It is great to return to times when women were treated with respect, when even maritial sex was shocking to a husband (sic), when women always had gloves. I have no idea about Australia, even more about its life in 1950-ties, so this is for me like a discovering a new land. A very interesting one. It is not a perfect movie. It is simply a very nice one to watch.

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