The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker

Kate Winslet is a revenge-seeking femme fatale in this period comedy-thriller adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s novel. Glamorous Tilly (Winslet) returns to her small hometown in rural Australia to pay back those who wronged her, armed with a sewing machine and haute couture style. Co-stars Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving and Judy Davis.

Tilly Dunnage (Winslet) makes a surprise return to her tiny hometown of Dungatar to look after her ailing mother (Davis). It doesn't take long for the glamorous, single globetrotter to set dusty small town tongues wagging, and old resentments to present themselves. As Tilly takes on the foes of her past, there are frocks to be made, and a local hunk (Hemsworth) to flirt with... and maybe a little more. 

2015Rating: M, Mature themes, violence, coarse language and sexual references119 minsAustralia
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The Dressmaker / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

Old-fashioned in both setting and tone, The Dressmaker is certain to appeal to the older arthouse set, though unlikely to win anyone else over. Ostensibly a revenge-filled black comedy, though fairly toothless, it’s also an opportunity for Kate Winslet to revel in the role of creative, cosmopolitan (and curvy) protagonist Tilly Dunnage as she wreaks havoc on her small country hometown with couture and culture-challenging behaviour ill-befitting stuffy 1950s Australia.

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Variety

Variety

It’s surprising how well The Dressmaker coheres, albeit more along narrative lines than tonal ones.

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The Times

The Times

A hodgepodge of comic melodrama, more panto than pathos.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

The film’s major blunder – it’s got plenty of competition – is mistaking Kate Winslet for Rita Hayworth.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A loud, batty, fancy-frocked, sashed-and-stockinged revenge story pitched somewhere between an outback period piece and a Wile E Coyote cartoon.

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The Age

The Age

If Moorhouse's film sometimes falls out of step, then it at least has the self-belief to go out in a blaze of glory.

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Stuff

Stuff

One of the best Australian movies in years.

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SBS

SBS

Enormously good fun, especially if you love clothes and enjoy a makeover montage.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Boasts enough manic energy and straight-up weirdness to keep you entertained before overstaying its welcome in the final act.

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

In addition to the inspired direction of Jocelyn Moorhouse, The Dressmaker draws ably on the united effort of an appreciably committed cast.

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