NOVEL APPROACH TO FILM
RACHAEL Taylor fits the 1950s mould perfectly in the first look at her new film, Ladies In Black. Taylor stars as a shop assistant in
Bruce Beresford’s much anticipated Australian flick based on the book of the same name by Madeleine St John.
Set in an elegant Sydney department store, the film also stars Mad Men’s Julia Ormond, Angourie Rice, Alison McGirr, Noni Hazlehurst and Susie Porter. “I’ve been obsessed with making a film of the ‘women in black’ since I first read the novel about 15 years ago,” Beresford has said of the project that was shot in Sydney in October “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.”
Ladies In Black is slated for a cinematic release on October 18.
“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 (Rice) – takes a summer job at the prestigious Sydney department store, Goode’s,” Sony Pictures wrote in a synopsis.
“There she meets the ‘ladies in black’, who will change her life forever. Beguiled and influenced by Magda (Ormond), the vivacious manager of the high-fashion floor, and befriended by fellow sales ladies Patty (McGirr) and Fay (Taylor), 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.”