Ladies in Black

Ladies in Black

Ladies in Black

Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) adapts Madeleine St John's best-selling coming-of-age novel set in Sydney in 1959.

Set in the summer, where the impact of European migration and the rise of women’s liberation is about to change Australia forever, a shy schoolgirl 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.

2018Rating: PG, Coarse language109 minsAustralia
ComedyDrama

Streaming (5 Providers)

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Sarah Voon

Flicks, Sarah Voon

flicks

Some elegant and accomplished production and costume design, by Felicity Abbott and Wendy Cork respectively, elevate this lighthearted film translation of the best-selling novel The Women in Black by Madeleine St John. Ladies in Black presents an evocative snapshot of Sydney in the summer of 1959, as we follow the lives of a group of women who work on the fashion floor of smart department store F.G. Goodes.

2.0
Flicks, Glenn Dunks

Flicks, Glenn Dunks

flicks

Topics dominating the current news cycle get a sanitized but heartfelt and charming exploration in Bruce Beresford’s long-gestating passion project Ladies in Black. A frothy morsel that pops and fizzes as the women at a Sydney department store at the tail-end of the 1950s take centre stage, in a story of romance and female empowerment built around Australia’s history of multiculturalism and the cultural debt we owe the many refugees who have come here to make Australia their home.

4.0

Delightful!

I loved it. A charming film that will make you smile and laugh out loud. shines a gentle light on multicultural Australia. 1950s Sydney is a visual treat. Julia Ormond is fabulous. The Perfect film to take your mum to.

4.0

A great slice of life set in the late 1950's in Australia. So colourful, if you love 1950's clothes this is awesome!

4.0
The Age

The Age

press

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.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

This is a deftly assembled and rigorously paced showcase for some truly excellent comic writing and performances.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Fans of British dramas like Mr Selfridge will lap up this 1950-set tale.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Beresford gives the material the warm, light, heartfelt embrace that it demands - and while the mid-section drags, the end result remains buoyant.

News.com.au

News.com.au

press

The characters behave as though they are stuck in some kind of handsome display case. The filmmakers fail to bring them to life.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...not so much a journey to be taken as an experience to luxuriate in...

Flicks, Sarah Voon

Flicks, Sarah Voon

flicks

Some elegant and accomplished production and costume design, by Felicity Abbott and Wendy Cork respectively, elevate this lighthearted film translation of the best-selling novel The Women in Black by Madeleine St John. Ladies in Black presents an evocative snapshot of Sydney in the summer of 1959, as we follow the lives of a group of women who work on the fashion floor of smart department store F.G. Goodes.

2.0
Flicks, Glenn Dunks

Flicks, Glenn Dunks

flicks

Topics dominating the current news cycle get a sanitized but heartfelt and charming exploration in Bruce Beresford’s long-gestating passion project Ladies in Black. A frothy morsel that pops and fizzes as the women at a Sydney department store at the tail-end of the 1950s take centre stage, in a story of romance and female empowerment built around Australia’s history of multiculturalism and the cultural debt we owe the many refugees who have come here to make Australia their home.

4.0
The Age

The Age

press

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.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

This is a deftly assembled and rigorously paced showcase for some truly excellent comic writing and performances.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Fans of British dramas like Mr Selfridge will lap up this 1950-set tale.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Beresford gives the material the warm, light, heartfelt embrace that it demands - and while the mid-section drags, the end result remains buoyant.

News.com.au

News.com.au

press

The characters behave as though they are stuck in some kind of handsome display case. The filmmakers fail to bring them to life.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...not so much a journey to be taken as an experience to luxuriate in...

Delightful!

I loved it. A charming film that will make you smile and laugh out loud. shines a gentle light on multicultural Australia. 1950s Sydney is a visual treat. Julia Ormond is fabulous. The Perfect film to take your mum to.

4.0

A great slice of life set in the late 1950's in Australia. So colourful, if you love 1950's clothes this is awesome!

4.0