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The Dressmaker boasts a strong central performance by Kate Winslet and a captivating array of narrative weirdness -- all of which may or may not be a comfortable fit with viewers. Read critic reviews

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Accused of murder when she was a child, a dressmaker (Kate Winslet) returns to her small Australian town to seek revenge on the locals who did her wrong.

Cast & Crew

Kate Winslet
Myrtle "Tilly" Dunnage
Judy Davis
Molly Dunnage
Liam Hemsworth
Teddy McSwiney
Hugo Weaving
Sergeant Farrat
Sarah Snook
Gertrude Pratt
Julia Blake
Irma Almanac
Shane Bourne
Evan Pettyman
Kerry Fox
Beulah Harridiene
Rebecca Gibney
Muriel Pratt
P.J. Hogan
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Gavin Poolman
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Michael Shyjka
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Tim Haslam
Executive Producer
Hugo Grumbar
Executive Producer
Ian Kirk
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Roger Savage
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Critic Reviews for The Dressmaker

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  • Feb 23, 2016
    Unclear about what it wants to be, Dressmaker wavers thematically between wronged-youth-returns-to-better-backward-town redemptive or the ever popular let's-get-the-mongoloids-that-got-us revenge classic (always a popular favorite). It's these jarring shifts in perspective that make the piece hard to accept and one feels a touch manic by the ending. Before that though there are pieces that threaten beauty ... were they left alone.
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  • Jan 09, 2016
    This was exceedingly surprising and turned out to be a great film. A typical mother-daughter revenge story that is both bittersweet and funny, often very funny at times. Definitely better than I thought it would be in terms of Australian films but when it is written by Paul 'Crocodile Dundee' Hogan you know it will be better than most.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2015
    Could have gone either way with this one, but glad I stuck with it. Very original, and I loved all the beautiful dresses.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2015
    I watched what could be considered some very strange films at the Toronto International Film Festival, but I don't think any of them were as weird or out there as Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker. This movie, you guys, is completely bonkers. You wouldn't think so given the look of the header photo above and the fact it stars such credible and well-respected actors as Kate Winslet, Hugo Weaving and Judy Davis, but once this thing gets rolling it is both surprising and distracting as to how ridiculous it gets. As I watched the events of the film unfold I couldn't help but to keep writing down again and again how I couldn't believe they were going where they were going and yet, the film kept going...one step further. Now, to be clear, this isn't strange or ridiculous in the sense of bombastic violence or discussing things typically taboo for everyday discussion, but more in the sense of general absurdities. Having not directed a film in nearly twenty years and operating strictly in Australia this would seem to be a fine opportunity to return for Moorhouse and there is plenty of stuff to have fun with here despite the fact I wasn't able to get on board with all of it. With Winslet leading the charge (though she seems slightly miscast) Moorhouse and her ensemble of misfits that make up this small town in Australia endeavor to deliver a perfectly cheeky little screwball comedy that is able to hold a slight amount of substance rather than being completely flippant. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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