The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker

Jocelyn Moorhouse (2015)

12A Certificate


Our Score
When an haute-coutured Kate Winslet sets a portable sewing machine in the dust and mutters, "I'm back you b*****ds," 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.


In 1950s Australia, a fashion designer returns to her remote home town 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 "Tilly" Dunnage Kate Winslet
Teddy McSwiney Liam Hemsworth
Molly Dunnage Judy Davis
Sergeant Farrat Hugo Weaving
Evan Pettyman Shane Bourne
Elsbeth Caroline Goodall
William Beaumont James Mackay
Una Pleasance Sacha Horler
Gertrude "Trudy" Pratt Sarah Snook
Alvin Pratt Shane Jacobson
Muriel Pratt Rebecca Gibney
Beulah Harridiene Kerry Fox
Director Jocelyn Moorhouse
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuseAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Nov 2015