Ladies in Black

2018

Ladies in Black

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Ladies in Black gleans socially relevant observations from Australian history with entertaining flair, embroidering a tale that touches on immigration and female empowerment with a fashionable pizazz.

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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.

    September 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.

    September 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.

    September 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Beresford, who directed Driving Miss Daisy, Crimes of the Heart, and Breaker Morant, movies that portrayed eccentrics inhabiting society's borders, neither sentimentalizes these women's struggles nor makes them paragons of identity politics.

    May 8, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Ladies in Black fits the bill, beautifully.

    October 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I love this film. I absolutely, unabashedly love it... It's a wonderful, pastoral, poetic, melodramatic and oftentimes very funny and touching portrait of 1959 Sydney.

    October 1, 2019 | Full Review…

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