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The Dressmaker

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The Dressmaker

Jocelyn Moorhouse (2015)

12 Certificate


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When an haute-coutured Kate Winslet sets a portable sewing machine in the dust and mutters, "I'm back you bastards", expect fireworks. Writer/director Jocelyn Moorhouse's spicy take on Rosalie Ham's beloved novel stars Winslet as Myrtle "Tilly" Dunnage, a glamorous exile returning in 1951 to Dungatar, the dusty, gossip-ridden town of her birth in the Aussie outback. She's there to settle a score, but her mother Mad Molly (Judy Davis in a superbly nuanced performance) doesn't remember having a daughter while the chief of police (Hugo Weaving) is distracted by her flamboyant attire. Tilly is a Parisian-trained seamstress, surviving with the flick of a stitch and uses that to her advantage with the locals. Her romance with the very physical Liam Hemsworth is idealised, though, while the townsfolk - some of Australia's best supporting actors - are surreal caricatures. Still, despite its levity and wild shifts in tone, The Dressmaker is a heartbreaking tragicomedy. It's also imaginative, funny, colourful, poignant and unforgettable.


An Australian fashion designer returns to her remote home town in the 1950s after forging a successful career in Paris. She reconciles with her mother, falls in love and transforms the lives of the local women - getting even with her enemies in the process. Drama based on the novel by Rosalie Ham, starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving and Liam Hemsworth.

Cast & Crew

Myrtle Dunnage Kate Winslet
Molly Dunnage Judy Davis
Sgt Farrat Hugo Weaving
Teddy McSwiney Liam Hemsworth
Gertrude Pratt Sarah Snook
Elsbeth Caroline Goodall
Beulah Harridiene Kerry Fox
Muriel Pratt Rebecca Gibney
Director Jocelyn Moorhouse
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Guidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 20 Nov 2015


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