Based on Madeleine St John’s best-selling novel, The Women in Black.
Set in the summer of 1959, when the impact of European migration and the rise of women’s liberation is about to change Australia forever, a shy schoolgirl (Lisa) takes a summer job at the prestigious Sydney department store, Goode’s. There she meets the “ladies in black”, who will change her life forever. Beguiled and influenced by Magda, the vivacious manager of the high-fashion floor, and befriended by fellow sales ladies Patty and Fay, Lisa is awakened to a world of possibilities. As Lisa grows from a bookish schoolgirl to a glamorous and positive young woman, she herself becomes a catalyst for a cultural change in everyone’s lives.
Note: there will be a special ‘step back in time’ Ladies in Black screening, with live theatre organ preshow, ushers and complimentary bubbly or fizzy on Saturday 22 September - doors open at 7:40pm. Go here for more information.
★★★★1/2 "Ladies in Black may be seen mistakenly as lightweight or slight; it isn't. It brims with subtext and nuance and at the same time succeeds in being a thoroughly enjoyable entertainment." - DAVID STRATTON
"Bruce Beresford's gets his message across by having us fall in love with these wonderful characters and for that reason, Ladies in Black is one of the year's best Australian flicks." - ABC RADIO
"a real charmer. A winning glimpse of Sydney life in the late 50s, when attitudes are coloured by parochial views & Eastern European influences find their milieu. It's a delight." - URBAN CINEFILE
"an experience to luxuriate in" - FILMINK
"An easygoing, unashamedly old-fashioned picture executed with a light touch that conceals a serious and sharply topical subtext" - HOLYWOOD REPORTER
"Beresford gives the material the warm, light, heartfelt embrace that it demands" - SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
Cast: Julia Ormond, Angourie Rice, Rachael Taylor, Ryan Corr, Vincent Perez, Alison McGirr, Susie Porter, Shane Jacobson, Noni Hazlehurst
Director: Bruce Beresford
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