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, Violence, sexual references & offensive language119 minsAustralia
ComedyDrama
92%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

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.

2.0
0

Loved it!

Quirky, funny & so Australian. So many great Aussie actors, dresses were lovely, a time when women looked elegant & beautifully dressed. A delight to watch when so many movies are all doom & gloom! Yes a bit shallow in the storyline, but who cares, it is not that type of movie. Reminiscent of Murial's Weddind, Strickly Ballroom, but better. Do yourself a...

4.0
0

Fun Aussie

It's like watching a picture of Australia unfolding itself in front of you. Rich in various elements, although shallow in subject.

4.0
0

Charming

This wish-fulfilment/revenge fantasy is highly enjoyable, thanks in large part to an entertaining supporting cast of quirky characters. A great, well told story with some delightfully unexpected moments of slapstick (a wedding-dress-gone-wrong chase sequence is a particular highlight) and wince-inducing violence, that make for a darkly funny and satisfying...

3.0
0

Nice clothes - shame about the script

I need to read more reviews before I pick a movie! This was a really uneven story that was stitched together by some nice clothes.

1.0
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3.0
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Variety

Variety

press

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

0
The Times

The Times

press

A hodgepodge of comic melodrama, more panto than pathos.

2.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

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

2.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

3.0
0
The Age

The Age

press

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.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

One of the best Australian movies in years.

0
SBS

SBS

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

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

4.0
0
Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

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.

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
The Times

The Times

press

A hodgepodge of comic melodrama, more panto than pathos.

2.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

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

2.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

3.0
0
The Age

The Age

press

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.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

One of the best Australian movies in years.

0
SBS

SBS

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

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

4.0
0

Loved it!

Quirky, funny & so Australian. So many great Aussie actors, dresses were lovely, a time when women looked elegant & beautifully dressed. A delight to watch when so many movies are all doom & gloom! Yes a bit shallow in the storyline, but who cares, it is not that type of movie. Reminiscent of Murial's Weddind, Strickly Ballroom, but better. Do yourself a...

4.0
0

Fun Aussie

It's like watching a picture of Australia unfolding itself in front of you. Rich in various elements, although shallow in subject.

4.0
0

Charming

This wish-fulfilment/revenge fantasy is highly enjoyable, thanks in large part to an entertaining supporting cast of quirky characters. A great, well told story with some delightfully unexpected moments of slapstick (a wedding-dress-gone-wrong chase sequence is a particular highlight) and wince-inducing violence, that make for a darkly funny and...

3.0
0

Nice clothes - shame about the script

I need to read more reviews before I pick a movie! This was a really uneven story that was stitched together by some nice clothes.

1.0
0
3.0
0