Ladies in Black

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Ladies in Black

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  • "Ladies" is let down by a screenplay lacking the sharp wit and emotional depth to bring its characters and themes fully to life.

    Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • From our vantage point 60 years on, Ladies in Black offers a vision - idealised, but perhaps not wholly false - of a moment when it was possible to welcome newcomers to the country and the unfamiliar ideas they brought with them.

    Sep 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Ladies in Black quietly but effectively points out the seldom-stressed positives of immigration and integration, and thus deserves attention far beyond its own native shores.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "Ladies in Black" doesn't aim to overwhelm, and it achieves most of the small goals it sets for itself, doing period Australia with interest in character desires and future plans.

    Apr 10, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • As a light, lovely-looking entertainment, Ladies in Black is a superlative chick flick that celebrates femininity and independence as mutually supportive qualities...the film also champions how Australia was built by a rich mix of cultures.

    Nov 4, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The way every ruffle of a dress or lace embellishment is offered a moment and how audiences can admire the pattern of a gown as much as the acting recalls Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker...

    Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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