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The Dressmaker (2016)



Critic Consensus: 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.

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The Dressmaker tells the story of the beautiful and talented Tilly Dunnage (Academy Award winner Kate Winslet). After years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, Tilly returns home to a town in the Australian outback to reconcile with her eccentric mother Molly (Academy Award nominee Judy Davis). She also falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy (Liam Hemsworth), and armed with her sewing machine and haute couture style, Tilly transforms the women of the town, exacting sweet revenge on those who did her wrong

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Kate Winslet
as Tilly Dunnage, Myrtle 'Tilly' Dunnage
Liam Hemsworth
as Teddy McSwiney
Hugo Weaving
as Sergeant Farrat
Sarah Snook
as Gertrude 'Trudy' Pratt, Gertrude Pratt
Judy Davis
as Molly Dunnage
Caroline Goodall
as Elsbeth, Elsbeth Beaumont
Julia Blake
as Irma Almanac
Shane Jacobson
as Alvin Pratt
Kerry Fox
as Beulah Harridiene
Rebecca Gibney
as Muriel Pratt
James MacKay
as William Beaumont
Gyton Grantley
as Barney McSwiney
Barry Otto
as Mr. Almanac, Percival Almanac
Sacha Horler
as Una Pleasance
Hayley Magnus
as Prudence Harridene, Prudence
Alison Whyte
as Marigold Pettyman
Shane Bourne
as Evan Pettyman
Olivia Sprague
as Young Gertrude
Geneviève Lemon
as Mae McSwiney
Tracy Harvey
as Lois Pickett
Simon Maiden
as Photographer
Terry Norris
as Septimus
Rory Potter
as Stewart Pettyman
Darcey Wilson
as Young Tilly
Mark Leonard Winter
as Reginald Blood
Amanda Woodhams
as Nancy Pickett
Ed McSwiney
as Stan Lehman
Stan Leman
as Ed McSwiney
Madeleine Hogan
as Elizabeth McSwiney
Sage Barreda
as Margaret McSwiney
Eric Beach
as Ancient Drover
Caroline Lee
as Fashionable Relative
Gregory Quinn
as Detective
Geneviève Picot
as Mrs. Tobin
Margot Knight
as Mrs. Wood
Fletcher Humphrys
as Ticket Collector
Lucy Moir
as Young Molly
Grace Rosebirch
as Young Nancy
Alex DeVos
as Young Barney
Jason Buckley
as Theatre Manager
Katia Nizic
as Theatre Patron
Spike Hogan
as Theatre Patron
Judah Hobbs
as Boy in Wheat
Lanie Lane
as Singer
Sandra Talty
as Drummer
Howard Cairns
as Saxophone Player
Malcolm Cole
as Piano Player/Organist
Simon Farrow
as Winyerp Footballer
Richard Anastasios
as Winyerp Footballer
Mike Snow
as Dungatar Footballer
Adrienne Pickering
as Dungatar Footballer
Charlotte Friels
as Football Fan
Roy Barker
as Doctor
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Critic Reviews for The Dressmaker

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (42)

Moorhouse's willingness to push the envelope and dive into the darkest aspects of the tale with such macabre relish allows the emotions swirling within this maelstrom to resonate all the deeper.

October 7, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

There's plenty to admire here, especially if your taste is tailored to the unusual.

September 30, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The Dressmaker's twists are best experienced blind, and its treats are modest but genuine.

September 29, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Whatever were they smoking?

September 28, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Kate Winslet can do anything ... except save this movie from quirky overkill.

September 23, 2016 | Rating: 2/4

The film has so many moodswings that watching it induces whiplash, and just about everybody in it, from Winslet on down to Judy Davis, playing the dressmaker's crotchety mother, flagrantly overdoes it.

September 23, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Dressmaker


Could have gone either way with this one, but glad I stuck with it. Very original, and I loved all the beautiful dresses.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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 Walker
Ian Walker

Super Reviewer

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