That really is an impressive ensemble Bruce Bereseford has put together for his take on Medeleine St John’s acclaimed novel. Angourie Rice, Julia Ormond, Rachael Taylor, Ryan Corr, Vincent Perez, Alison McGirr, Susie Porter, Shane Jacobson, and Noni Hazlehurst have come together for Ladies in Black, the tale of shy schoolgirl Lisa (Rice), who in the summer of 1959 takes a job at a prestigious Sydney department store, Goode’s, and becomes protege to Magda (Ormond), the vivacious manager of the high-fashion floor.
The tone is bright and brisk an love is definitely in the air between Taylor and Corr’s characters, but there’s a lot going on under the surface here, too, as the film touches on notions of women’s liberation, the immigrant experience, and differing models of masculinity – contrast Shane Jacobson’s blokey dad against Vincent Perez’s continental cool guy.
This really looks great. Expect Ladies in Black in Australian cinemas from October 18, 2018.