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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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Bruce Beresford
Bruce Beresford  Sue Milliken
Writer of original material
Madeleine St John
Allanah Zitserman  Sue Milliken
Executive Producers
Bruno Charlesworth  Morris Ruskin  Ronald Zammit  Elissa Leonard  Jon Mak  Steve Rasnahoff  Joseph Mellicker
Dir. of Photography
Peter James
Christopher Gordon
Mark Warner
Production Designer
Felicity Abbott
Julia Ormond - Angourie Rice - Rachael Taylor - Alison McGirr - Vincent Perez - Ryan Corr - Susie Porter - Shane Jacobson and Noni Hazlehurst
Production Completion
Romantic comedy
Production Company
Lumila Films Pty Ltd  Ladies In Black SPV Pty Ltd

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Screen News

Podcast – Producing Ladies in Black

Ladies in Black producers Sue Milliken and Allanah Zitserman break down the financing and distribution of their new feature.

21 Sep 2018
By Caris Bizzaca
Ladies in Black: behind the scenes

Ladies in Black: behind the scenes

Legendary Australian director Bruce Beresford shares his experience directing his latest film Ladies in Black.

20 Sep 2018
By Chris Butel
Mystery Road – behind the scenes