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Ladies in Black (2018 film)

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Ladies in Black
Directed byBruce Beresford
Produced byAllanah Zitserman, Sue Milliken
Written bySue Milliken, Bruce Beresford
  • Julia Ormond
  • Angourie Rice
  • Rachael Taylor
  • Ryan Corr
  • Shane Jacobson
  • Alison McGirr
  • Noni Hazlehurst
  • Vincent Perez
  • Susie Porter
  • Luke Pegler
CinematographyPeter James
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • September 2018 (2018-09)

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Ladies in Black is an upcoming Australian comedy-drama film directed by Bruce Beresford, based on the 1993 book The Women in Black, written by Madeleine St John. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Julia Ormond, Angourie Rice, Rachael Taylor, Ryan Corr, Shane Jacobson, Alison McGirr, Noni Hazlehurst and Vincent Perez. It is scheduled to be released in Australia and New Zealand by Sony Pictures Releasing on September 20, 2018.


Set in Sydney over the summer of 1959 against a backdrop of the cultural change of the era, Ladies in Black follows teenager Lisa Miles and her fellow sales assistants at a prominent Sydney department store.


  • Julia Ormond as Magda Szombatheli
  • Angourie Rice as Lisa Miles
  • Rachael Taylor as Fay Baines
  • Alison McGirr as Patty Williams
  • Ryan Corr as Rudi Janosi
  • Shane Jacobson as Mr Miles
  • Susie Porter as Mrs Miles
  • Noni Hazlehurst as Miss Cartwright
  • Vincent Perez as Stefan Szombatheli
  • Luke Pegler as Frank Williams



In March 2017, it was announced that Bruce Beresford would direct The Women in Black, which is based on a 1993 novel by Madeleine St John.[1]

Author St John had attended the University of Sydney alongside Beresford, who remarked: “I’ve been obsessed with making a film of Madeleine St John’s The Women in Black since I first read the novel about 15 years ago... I was attracted by Madeleine’s wit, her light touch, her deft characterisations and her portrayal of a Sydney I knew so well — the Sydney of the 1950s and ‘60s.”[1]

Beresford co-wrote the screenplay with Sue Milliken on and off over the course of twenty years.[2] Milliken and producer Allanah Zitserman sent the completed script to Screen Australia and Screen NSW, who provided funding to get the project off the ground.[3]

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions secured distribution rights, and set a release date in Australia and New Zealand for September 20, 2018.[4]


Principal photography began in October 2017 in Sydney and the Blue Mountains.[5]


Ladies in Black is scheduled to be released in Australia and New Zealand by Sony Pictures on September 20, 2018. 


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Bruce Beresford to direct Ladies in Black film – Daily Review: Film, stage and music reviews, interviews and more". dailyreview.com.au.
  2. "Sue Milliken preps feature 'Ladies in Black', set in Sydney department store". 20 November 2016.
  3. "Bruce Beresford's 'Ladies in Black' holds a mirror to multicultural Australia". 18 April 2018.
  4. Frater, Patrick (22 March 2017). "Sony Nabs Rights to Bruce Beresford's 'Ladies in Black'".
  5. "Cast Announced for Bruce Beresford's Ladies in Black – FilmInk". www.filmink.com.au.

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