Ladies in Black

Ladies in Black

Allanah Zitserman


Lumila is an Australian production company specialising in the development and production of feature films and series about women. In 2017 Lumila produced, Bruce Beresford’s “Ladies in Black”. The film, set in 1959 Sydney, celebrated women across five generations from that time. Ladies in Black, released through Sony Pictures in 2018, became the highest grossing Australian film of the year and the most nominated at the AFI/AACTA Awards (Aussie Oscars). Lumila has an impressive upcoming slate of quality character driven features and series about women, aimed at a broad female audience.

Creative Director, Lumila Films

Allanah is an award winning scriptwriter and independent film producer. Her screen career started soon after graduating University in 1998, when she took a production job on Strange Planet (1999) starring Naomi Watts, and fell in love with filmmaking. A year later, she produced and penned her debut feature film Russian Doll (2000) starring Hugo Weaving (The Matrix). The project garnered her the 2000 AACTA/AFI Best Original Screenplay Award. She followed this by scripting and producing the black comedy Horseplay (2003) starring Abbie Cornish (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). Allanah then worked in script development for a few years in London, before returning to Australia in 2007. The same year, driven by her passion for promoting and celebrating Australian screen content, she founded the Dungog Film Festival -- winner of Inside Film’s 2012 Best Film Festival Award.  From 2008 until 2012, Allanah created the script development program "In The Raw", which saw many of its projects produced including Last Cab to Darwin Sleeping Beauty, Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman and Little Death. During this time, she also founded a film distribution company that championed local independent films. In 2017, Allanah returned to film production with Bruce Beresford’s Ladies in Black a film now considered an Australian classic.