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The cumulative score for Australian films is A$64 million (Us$44.6 million), ahead of the previous best score of A$63.4 million in 2001, according to figures from the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (Mpdaa). Data is for the year to Oct. 4, and shows that local films have accounted for 6.8% of the nationwide total in 2015.
“The film industry is somewhat cyclical, so it is difficult to make claims based on one year’s results alone. However, it is also important to celebrate success when it comes along, and given that the theatrical landscape is more challenging than ever before, Australian films have well and truly over-performed,” said Graeme Mason, CEO of industry funding body Screen Australia, in a statement.
“I think we’re on track »
- Patrick Frater
"Walk like you have three men walking behind you," Oscar de la Renta once said, and when Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet) returns to the tiny, backwater town of Dungatar she certainly turns heads, but not particularly for the right reasons. The young men take note of the devastatingly beautiful and curvaceous woman the likes of which they’ve never seen, but the older folks eye Tilly with a sinister memory in mind: they believe she’s a murderer. Accused of killing a classmate when she was in grade school, Tilly was sent away, and eventually wound up abroad working in the finest houses of haute couture, but now she’s back to clear her conscience, find out what really happened, and in the process expose and turn upside down all the small town hypocrisy that has ruled life in Dungatar until now. She arrives at the home of her mother »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Read More: Tiff 2015 Women Directors: Meet Jocelyn Moorhouse - 'The Dressmaker' An unholy mix of revenge comedy, spaghetti Western and lesser Tim Burton, Jocelyn Moorhouse's "The Dressmaker" bizarrely adapts Rosalie Ham's 2000 novel of the same name, stitching the popular Gothic romance into a film that's less a fine piece of dressmaking and more a Frankenstein's monster of missed opportunities. Fine performances by Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth and Judy Davis help matters a bit, but the final product is so oddly cobbled together that the entire thing should be left hanging on the rack. The film does afford Winslet the chance to play a compellingly strange character, and she leads the cast as Myrtle "Tilly" Dunnage, who was sent away from the tiny Australian town of Dungatar when she was just a kid. The reasons for Tilly's forced exile are clear soon enough -- she was accused »
- Kate Erbland
Toronto – There have been some bad world premieres at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, but Jocelyn Moorhouse’s “The Dressmaker” has them beat in one significant category: there are worse movies to watch on a plane. Based on Rosalie Haim’s 2000 novel, the story begins with Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage (Kate Winslet) returning to her very small hometown of Dungatar, Australia (so small it's basically one street). Tilly left the town under mysterious circumstances as a small child and returns years later as an expert fashion designer and seamstress. An unexpected return that is a complete surprise to he overly quirky mother Molly (Judy Davis). We soon learn that Dungatar is full of colorful folk including a crossdressing police sergeant (Hugh Weaving), a cruel and vindictive herbal medicine store owner (Barry Otto), a town councilor with a secret past (Shane Bourne), a studly star football player (Teddy, played by Liam Hemsworth) and »
- Gregory Ellwood
The tailoring is more consistent than the storytelling in “The Dressmaker,” an appreciably deranged tale of small-town intrigue that finds Australian filmmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse returning quite literally with a vengeance after a nearly 20-year absence from the director’s chair. Starring Kate Winslet as a spirited 1950s haute-couturist who decides it’s time to return to her miserable hometown and give the place a little color (mostly red), this insistently quirky comedy-thriller-mystery-horror-revenge saga serves up an ugly human menagerie of ghouls and grotesques — every one of them contributing a different patch to a crazy quilt of murder, adultery, repression and madness. A work of shrill, campy excess as well as some pretty choice acting (especially from the always-welcome Judy Davis in a spry supporting role), Moorhouse’s adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s 2000 novel may lead audiences to expect a primmer, more well-behaved movie based on its title alone, but that »
- Justin Chang
If the biggest headlines from Toronto are usually reserved for the Hollywood stars and the upscale English-language movies poised for the upcoming Oscars race, there is much else in the selection worthy of discovery. The strong selection from Asia is a highlight.
Asia (and Australasia) is always strongly represented in Toronto, a reflection of the globe-trotting selectors’ determination to show the diversity of Far Eastern cinema, and also of the city’s multicultural mix. This year is no exception.
The Asian line-up ranges from the unashamedly commercial (“Veteran,” which last week became the 10th highest grossing Korean film of all time), to the experimental (Christopher Doyle’s “Hong Kong Trilogy,” a fiction film with a narrative strung together from documentary footage). It stretches from big-budget, starry Chinese drama (“Mr. Six” pictured) through to the low-budget miracles of Southeast Asia, where powerful features (Erik Matti’s “Honor Thy Father” or Joko Anwar »
- Patrick Frater
The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.
In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.
- Michelle McCue
A new international trailer has debuted for writer-director Jocelyn Moorhouse’s upcoming comedy drama The Dressmaker. Based upon the Australian best selling novel of the same name by Rosalie Ham, the film stars Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth. Check out the trailer below after the official synopsis…
Set in the 1950’s, The Dressmaker is a bittersweet comedy about a glamorous young woman who returns, after many years in Europe, to her small home town in rural Australia in order to right some wrongs from the past. When Tilly (played by Kate Winslet) comes home, she not only reconciles with her ailing mother Molly (played by Judy Davis) but, with her sewing machine, and haute couture style, she transforms the women f the town in such a way that she gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. She also falls unexpectedly in love, which leads to her greatest loss and her most destructive deed. »
- Gary Collinson
Everything about "The Dressmaker" -- a revenge dramedy described as "Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven with a sewing machine" -- looks perfect. There's gorgeous Kate Winslet in full glam mode as Tilly Dunnage, a beautiful misfit who returns to her middle-of-nowhere home in Australia after many years working as a dressmaker in Parisian fashion houses. There's Liam Hemsworth, all shirtless perfection, as pure-hearted star footballer (and love interest) Teddy. There's Judy Davis as Tilly's ailing, eccentric mother. And wouldn't you know it, there's Hugo Weaving dressing in women's clothes again.
"The Dressmaker" is based on the novel by Rosalie Ham, following Tilly as she transforms the locals with her fashions and, in the process, exacts revenge on those who once wrongly accused her of murder. Here's the new international trailer from Universal Pictures Australia:
"The Dressmaker" will premiere in September at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and it's set for release October 22 in Australia. »
- Gina Carbone
It was released here in the UK over a year ago [read our review here], but to coincide with its U.S. debut today, The Weinstein Company has released a new U.S. trailer for The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, which sees French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet directing a cast that includes Callum Keith Rennie, Helena Bonham Carter, Dominique Pinon, Kyle Catlett, Judy Davis and Jakob Davies. Check it out here…
T.S. Spivet lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles, his father (a cowboy born a hundred years too late) and his 14 year-old sister who dreams of becoming Miss America. T.S. is a 10 year-old prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions. One day, he receives an unexpected call from the Smithsonian museum telling him that he is the winner of the very prestigious Baird prize for his discovery of the »
- Gary Collinson
Hugo Weaving has been named as this year's CinefestOZ 2015 Screen Legend with today's launch of the festival's program.
Weaving will be recognised for his achievements as an Australian actor at the Festival.s Gala Night on 29 August at which Australia.s biggest film prize, the CinéfestOZ $100,000 Film Prize, is also awarded to an outstanding Australian film.
.Hugo Weaving is one of Australia's most celebrated actors and a passionate supporter of Australia film, television and theatre in and outside of his work. .
His credits include Stephan Elliott.s classic The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert; Jocelyn Moorhouse.s Proof and The Dressmaker opposite fellow Australian Judy Davis; Rowan Woods acclaimed drama, Little Fish alongside Cate Blanchett and Sam Neill; .Mystery Road directed by upcoming filmmaker Ivan Sen; Strangerland directed by first time director Kim Farrant opposite Nicole Kidman which screened at Sydney Film Festival and Sundance; Glendyn Ivin.s »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Harvey Weinstein, champion of auteur filmmakers? Not always. Earlier this year, Jean-Pierre Jeunet claimed Harv wanted to re-edit and/or recut his latest film, "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet." It's a complaint that Bong Joon-Ho ("Snowpiercer") and Olivier Dahan ("Grace Of Monaco") have also recently leveled at the head of The Weinstein Company, but even their films got treated much better than this. Essentially being dumped into theaters tomorrow, the studio has finally released the first U.S. trailer for movie. How's that for support? Kyle Catlett, Niamh Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, Callum Keith Rennie, and Judy Davis star in the movie about a young boy who wins a contest at the Smithsonian Institute, which changes his life. Here's the official synopsis: T.S. Spivet lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles, his father (a cowboy born a hundred years. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
The initial lineup for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, taking place from September 10 to 20 this fall, has been revealed, with Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee’s dramatic romance Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, having been selected to open the prestigious fest.
The first selections lineup reads like a who’s who list of Oscar contenders. Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall and Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic The Program all have world premieres, and other huge titles screening include Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of Nation, Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, Peter Sollett’s Freeheld, Brian Helgeland’s Legend and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.
Check out the full lineup below, and let us know what you’re most excited for in the comments section.
Opening Night Film.
In Demolition, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Since Ellen Page stunned us with her diabolical smarts in "Hard Candy" and her straightforward drollness in "Juno," we haven't gotten to see the Oscar-nominated actress in many movies that live up to her compelling charms. Remember "Smart People" with Sarah Jessica Parker? No? Do you ever think about her exposition-spewing character Ariadne in "Inception"? What about the time Woody Allen wasted her (and Judy Davis!) in "To Rome with Love"? Enough is enough. A new trailer just debuted for "Freeheld," a drama about a real-life woman named Laurel Hester (played here by Julianne Moore) who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and fought to ensure that her pension benefits would be passed along to her partner Stacie (Page). The trailer is gripping; watch it at Buzzfeed. (We'll add it here when an embeddable version is released.) Last year when Page came out as a lesbian at a Human Rights Campaign event, »
- Louis Virtel
Posey will join a cast that already includes Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Bruce Willis. As is typical for an Allen joint, casting has been under way for months, even with Irrational Man only opening in theaters this month.
The prolific director has been putting out a movie a year for some time now, and this next one doesn’t seem to be shaping up any differently. Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson are all again involved as producers.
Allen has a history of teaming with the same actors for multiple projects after taking a shine to them. Alan Alda, Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner, Judy Davis, Mia Farrow, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Based on a 2000 novel by Rosalie Ham, Winslet stars in the film as Tilly Dunnage, a famous fashion designer from the 1950’s who moves back to her hometown to take care of her ill mother, only to find herself linked with the death of a local boy. Liam Hemsworth (Independence Day: Resurgence), Hugo Weaving (Captain America: The First Avenger), Judy Davis (To Rome With Love) and Sarah Snook (Predestination) co-star in the film directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (A Thousand Acres)/
The Dressmaker has been scheduled for an Australian release on October 1st, but no release dates for the Us or UK have yet been set.
- Scott J. Davis
In The Dressmaker, Kate Winslet stars as fancy couturier Myrtle "Tilly" Dunnage, who returns to her childhood home in the Australian country to care for her ailing mother, played by Judy Davis. She left after people thought she had killed a young boy, and is back to seek revenge on her accusers, while also performing some She's All That magic on the townspeople. Based on the book of the same title by Rosalie Ham, writer and director Jocelyn Moorhouse has described the film as "Unforgiven with a sewing machine." She forgot to include Liam Hemsworth's abs, which Kate Winslet is definitely here for.The Dressmaker comes to theaters October 22. * An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified Liam Hemsworth and Rosalie Ham. Our apologies to the Hemsworth brothers, and to our readers. »
- E. Alex Jung
The film follows Winslet, the prodigal daughter who returns to her small Australian hometown to care for her ailing mother after traveling around the globe. She begins transforming the townswomen with her dressmaking skills, but no one can look past the rumors that she murdered a young boy when she was 10 years old.
“The Dressmaker” hits theaters on October 22.
- Maane Khatchatourian
A film about love, revenge and haute couture. Yes, that is the actual tagline. An official Australian trailer has debuted for Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker, adapted from Rosalie Ham's novel of the same name, starring Kate Winslet as woman trained in French dressmaking who returns to her grubby middle-of-nowhere hometown in dusty Australia. There she brings new life to the town and, of course, falls for a guy, played by Liam Hemsworth. This looks like an upbeat, fun-for-everyone charmer that will have you smiling more than laughing, but doesn't look so bad. Featuring Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Caroline Goodall, Shane Bourne and Kerry Fox. Only headed to Australian cinemas for now, take a look below. Here's the first official trailer for Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker, direct from YouTube: Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, The Dressmaker is a bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. »
- Alex Billington
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