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So entertaining, so unexpected, so wonderfully oddball, so damn good. Witty genre-busting simmering with pathos, humor, and calamity. I’m “biast” (pro): love Kate Winslet; desperate for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Like a gunslinger riding into town. Determined and dangerous. This is how director Jocelyn Moorhouse depicts the return of Tilly Dunnage to her backwater Australian town of Dungatar. The locale may be vaguely western-ish — remote and dusty — but the year is 1951 and Tilly comes armed only with a Singer sewing machine, her Parisian-inspired haute-couture style, and a superpowered ache for revenge.
I had no idea what I was in for with The Dressmaker, and even that opening — with its witty genre-busting that culminates in Tilly’s snarl to herself of “I’m back, you bastards” — couldn’t possibly have clued me in. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Adela Quested (Judy Davis) finishes A Passage to India in the same manner she started the movie: her face is deformed by a window full of drops of rain. In both cases, she is looking at something more or less out of frame, blurred or uncertain, imaginary or physical. The placement of the camera, in the beginning and in the end, is at a different location. When the film starts, we are inside of a traveling agency and Adela is walking past the panoramic window. She stops for a second and stares at a large-sized model of a ship. We can’t see the ship entirely: just some chimneys, masts and ropes. We only know this is a ship because the previous shot—the first shot of the picture, actually—showed us this model.In the end of the movie, Adela is reading a letter concerning events that we have seen. »
- Victor Bruno
Even Kate Winslet carrying her sewing machine like a gunfighter’s pistol can’t redeem this unbearable patchwork of comedy and tragedy
There’s something chokingly terrible about this film, with its two-hour accumulation of sentimentality building to a pure, clanging wrongness in the tonally misjudged mix of unfunny smalltown comedy and unconvincing smalltown tragedy. Kate Winslet does her best, but there’s nothing she can do with this unbearable and unbearably long movie. She plays Myrtle Dunnage, returning to her dusty Australian hometown in the early 1950s: she is a fashionista, a dressmaker with experience of Paris and Milan: haughty, glorious and glamorous, carrying her Singer sewing machine like a gunfighter with his pistol. It seems the mean-minded, petty population drove her out of town when she was just a kid, for reasons finally and tiresomely revealed in flashback. So now she has a score to settle with one and all, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Twenty-five years ago, costume designer Margot Wilson was a student living in Paris when she picked up a roll of red, moire silk fabric during a shopping trip to Milan. She didn’t know why, or what for; she wasn’t even a costume designer then, just a talented young fashion grad from East Sydney Tech on a six-month scholarship to France. When it was time to go home, she took the beautiful roll of fabric back down under with her.
Fast forward three decades and a couple of dozen films later (including Lantana, Bran Nue Dae and Lawless), and Wilson has finally found a screen role for her magnificent weave – on Oscar winner Kate Winslet in the film adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s bestselling novel, The Dressmaker. “I’ve been carrying that roll of fabric around forever,” laughs Wilson, who designed all of Winslet’s costumes in the movie. »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
NonStop Entertainment hits the Afm with a slew of high-profile acquisitions.
The revamped Scandinavian distributor has taken on Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar, Kate Winslet starring The Dressmaker and Laurie Anderson’s feature directorial debut Heart Of A Dog, to name just a few (full list of titles below).
Jakob Abrahamsson, CEO of NonStop, said: “Newly reborn as an independent distributor, NonStop Entertainment solidifies its profile as the leading Scandinavian distributor for great films for an upmarket audience with this latest slew of extraordinary acquisitions, ranging from Kate Winslet’s tour de force The Dressmaker, via smart post-apocalyptic thriller She Who Brings Gifts to Laurie Anderson’s outstanding and mesmerizing doc Heart Of Dog, that puts us exactly where we want to be for the upcoming 2016 season.”
The acquisitions are:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Now that's one good-looking family! Liam Hemsworth attended the premiere for his new movie, "The Dressmaker," in Melbourne Australia on Sunday. The sexy star was joined by parents Craig and Leonie Hemsworth and his A-list brother Chris Hemsworth. The family likewise posed for a few group shots together on the red carpet before heading into the premiere. We can definitely see where Liam and Chris get their good looks from -- just look at their equally attractive parents! While we've loved watching 25-year-old in the "Hunger Games" flicks, we're definitely excited to see him starring a new drama. The movie follows the story of a glamours woman named Myrtle (played by Kate Winslet) who returns to her hometown in rural Australia. Armed with her sewing machine and killer fashion sense, she helps style the women of the small town and gets some revenge on those who wronged her in the past. »
- tooFab Staff
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
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