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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.”

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