Duration: 1 hour 48 minutes
Based on the bestselling novel by The Women in Black by Madeleine St John the story , set in 1959 follows shy schoolgirl Lisa (Angourie Rice) to her summer job at prestigious Sydney department store Goode’s.
Directed by Academy Award nominated Bruce Beresford, he and producer and writer Sue Milliken more than two decades to get this project off the ground.
Ladies in Black releases through Sony Pictures on September 20, 2018
"Ladies in Black isn’t really a plot-driven movie, it’s more of a mood, it’s about inviting you to spend some time in this lovely, quaint world where it’s always sunny in Sydney, where people have nice lunches on balconies overlooking Sydney Harbour and where customer service isn’t the soul-crushing job we know it is...
...But the best thing about Ladies in Black is its performances, particularly from the main trio of Ormond, Rice and Taylor, who make their characters feel lived in."
Read Weneli's full review HERE or by clicking on the news.com.au link below.
"Ladies in Black should have been a fascinating — and timely — snapshot of mono-cultural Australia, prior to the 60s sexual revolution.
But the characters behave as though they are stuck in some kind of handsome display case."
Read Vicky's full review HERE or by clicking on the Daily Telegraph link below.
"Making his first Australian feature since 2009’s Mao’s Last Dancer, Beresford gives the material the warm, light, heartfelt embrace that it demands — and while the mid-section drags, the end result remains buoyant. He’s capably assisted by his cast, none more so than The Beguiled and The Nice Guys rising star Rice, who calmly yet vibrantly holds focus as the blossoming Lisa. Ormond captivates as the commanding Magda, turning the character’s pain into strength and McGirr makes an impression as the more embittered Patty, while Taylor and Corr play well against each other."
Read Sarah's full review HERE or by clicking on the Screen International link below.
"With meticulous production design and careful attention to the tone, Beresford has created an uplifting and crowd-pleasing film in which character, setting and exposition are in harmony. It's sweet but not too sweet; funny in an offbeat way and Sydney dons her best dress to showcase her dazzling beauty."
Read Louise's full review HERE or by clicking on the Urban Cinefile link below.