A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

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Jocelyn Moorhouse

Writers:

Rosalie Ham (based on the novel by), Jocelyn Moorhouse | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Winslet ... Tilly Dunnage
Judy Davis ... Molly Dunnage
Liam Hemsworth ... Teddy McSwiney
Hugo Weaving ... Sergeant Farrat
Julia Blake ... Irma Almanac
Shane Bourne ... Evan Pettyman
Kerry Fox ... Beulah Harridiene
Rebecca Gibney ... Muriel Pratt
Caroline Goodall ... Elsbeth Beaumont
Gyton Grantley ... Barney McSwiney
Tracy Harvey Tracy Harvey ... Lois Pickett
Sacha Horler ... Una Pleasance
Shane Jacobson ... Alvin Pratt
Geneviève Lemon Geneviève Lemon ... Mae McSwiney
James Mackay ... William Beaumont
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Based on Rosalie Ham's best selling novel, The Dressmaker is the story of femme fatale Tilly Dunnage who returns to her small home town in the country to right the wrongs of the past. A stylish drama with comic undertones about love, revenge and haute couture. Written by Sue Maslin

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Secrets, gossip and scandal are back in fashion. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Kate Winslet used the same dialogue coach who helped her prepare the Australian accent for Holy Smoke (1999) and only had to re-record one scene during post-production. In a scene with the New Zealand-based Kerry Fox, Winslet would adapt the accent and accidentally revert to Fox' accent; "I'm a terrible one for picking up accents from other people - especially Kerry, because hers is so 'thuck'." has Winslet said. See more »

Goofs

"Meet Me With Your Black Dress On", originally recorded by Jimmy Nelson, was released in 1952, while the movie is set in 1951. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Myrtle 'Tilly' Dunnage: [standing in the nighttime street] I'm back, you bastards.
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Crazy Credits

Windmill squeak is heard at then end of the credits. See more »

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Referenced in Jason Bourne (2016) See more »

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Ballad Of A Teenage Queen
Written by Jack Clement (as J. Clement)
Arranged and Produced by David Hirschfelder
Recorded by Shane O'Mara featuring Lanie Lane
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Brilliant, funny, heart wrenching and beautiful
14 November 2015 | by julietb-01075See all my reviews

Brilliant movie. Kate Winslet as the star lives the role so perfectly you forget she is not a native born Australian - her accent is flawless, her acting is raw and beautiful. The movie is heart wrenching, darkly funny, shocking and confronting all in a delightful way. Judy Davis is brilliant - irascible as Mad Molly, you gradually discover her depth and beauty. Again flawlessly played. Hugo Weaving is fantastic as always - several laugh out loud moments with him. He is the consummate actor and where someone else playing this role would have just been a plain unlikeable weirdo, Hugo makes you love him and his quirky nature. Liam Hemsworth is sweet and very watchable. The townsfolk played by many notable Australian actors are well played also. All in all a wonderful movie that will touch your heart in many ways. Liked it so much, I will definitely go and see it again. It's THAT good.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 2015 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$185,165, 25 September 2016

Gross USA:

$2,022,115

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,762,417
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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