“An easygoing, unashamedly old-fashioned picture”
In the summer of 1959, shy schoolgirl Lisa (Angourie Rice) 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.
Captivated by Magda (Julia Ormond), the sophisticated and vivacious manager of the high-end fashion floor, and befriended by fellow sales ladies Patty (Alison McGirr) and Fay (Rachael Taylor), Lisa is awakened to a world of possibilities. As Lisa grows from an unassuming schoolgirl to a confident young woman, she becomes a catalyst for cultural change in everyone’s lives.
Based on Madeleine St John’s best-selling novel and directed by Academy Award-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Mao's Last Dancer), the film is a roll-call of leading Australian and international talent including Vincent Perez, Ryan Corr, Susie Porter, Shane Jacobson and Noni Hazlehurst.
“Buffs watching Ladies in Black may be reminded of Ernst Lubitsch's 1942 comedy The Shop Around The Corner, a comparable ensemble piece set in an Hungarian gift shop; Beresford honours the Lubitsch tradition of treating large matters lightly” - The Age