AACTA (Australian Oscars) Best Actress (Angourie Rice), best costume design, make up & musical score
This is not life-changing, dramatic Oscar material. This is a good strong story, well told and directed that keeps your interest the entire time. It is subtle, uplifting, bound by tradition, dated, hopeful. It is warm and inviting. You definitely see the influence of Bruce Beresford throughout. We are not Driving Miss Daisy but we are surely driving in the right direction.
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.
It’s hardly surprising that Beresford’s return to top form has come along in the shape of a movie made in Australia, based on an Australian novel, using top Australian actors and a few well-chosen ring-ins.
Australian Financial Review
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 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.
Bruce Beresford is one of the more successful Australian directors and this film is a combination of most of them. Sweet and infinitely enjoyable, the cast are amazing, the recreation of the time period is flawless and Sydney has never looked better. Fantastic wardrobe! I want all of the dresses!
Australia 2018, 109 min, rated PG (coarse language)
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Adapted from the bestselling novel by Madeleine St John
Starring Angourie Rice, Rachael Taylor, Julia Ormond, Ryan Corr & Vincent Perez