Director: Bruce Beresford

Producers: Allanah Zitserman, Sue Milliken

Screenwriter: Bruce Beresford, Sue Milliken 

Starring: Julia Ormond, Angourie Rice, Rachael Taylor, Ryan Corr, Alison McGirr, Shane Jacobson, Noni Hazlehurst, Susie Porter, Luke Pegler, Nicholas Hammond and Vincent Perez

From Academy Award® nominated director Bruce Beresford (Mao’s Last Dancer, Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) comes the comedy-drama Ladies in Black, based on Madeleine St John’s best-selling novel, The Women in Black. 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.

The film stars an outstanding ensemble cast including Julia Ormond (Mad Men, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Legends of the Fall, King Arthur), Angourie Rice (Spiderman: Homecoming, The Beguiled, Jasper Jones ,The Nice Guys), Rachael Taylor (Jessica Jones, Gold, Red Dog), and Ryan Corr (Mary Magdalene, Ali’s Wedding, Hacksaw Ridge). The cast is rounded out with some of Australia’s best-known actors including Susie Porter, Shane Jacobson and Noni Hazlehurst.

Ladies in Black releases in cinemas September 20, 2018.

CinefestOZ Film Festival Tickets

Busselton Opening Night – Ladies in Black | Wednesday 22 August | 6:00pm | Orana Cinemas Busselton

In Conversation: Ladies in Black | Thursday 23 August | 12:00pm | Rustico at Hayshed Hill