The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker

DVD - 2016
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The Dressmaker tells the story of the beautiful and talented Tilly Dunnage. 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. She also falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy, 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Broad Green Pictures, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video
Call Number: DVD DRE


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Katherine_A Dec 02, 2017

I would recommend reading the book before watching the movie. The movie makes more sense having read the book. I liked the quirky characters, story line and setting.

Mayflower94 Feb 11, 2017

A strange movie, not at all what I thought it would be, with unexpected and unnecessary twists and turns, and some dark humor. An Aussie version of Coen brothers's movies without the brilliance.

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Oct 18, 2018

A dark comedy that is kinda of weird, but delightful to watch. Masterful writing, with a comedic tone while containing "emotional depth." Great acting by Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, and nice to see Hugo Weaving stretching his acting talent.
As someone that is not really into fashion, I found this film to be an exception, having the clothes shine as an integral and a strikingly beautiful character of the film.
Liam Hemsworth plays a caring and charming love interest.
The 6 minute bonus feature had comments from the actor and actresses as well as the director with screen writing credits, Joceyln Moorhouse.

Sep 30, 2018


Sep 20, 2018

This is a fantastic movie filled with great character actors, especially Judi Davis and Hugo Weaving. If you loved THE BUDEPEST HOTEL, you will love this movie. Filled with clever lines delivered by delightful characters, it also features fabulous designer clothing - you will swoon over the fabrics!

Kate Winslet was, as always, good, but Judi Davis steals the movie.

Quirky, odd, weird, funny, darkish humour. It's definitely an offbeat film. Take that for what it's worth.

Mar 29, 2018

Very clever and entertaining! Superb story line and the quirky characters keep you engaged throughout. Another well made film that you have never heard of, but will delight the majority of thinking persons. Bravo!

Mar 25, 2018

Entertaining comedy/drama. Well acted with a myriad of complex, but simple characters. One of the few Kate Winslet movies where she keeps her clothes on throughout. Sorry fellas.

Mar 17, 2018

Wonderful black comedy mystery revenge movie. All within a small backward Australian "Mayberry" town. Kate Winslet did a magnificent job seeking her personal justice and retribution while Judy Davis' acting chops as the mother are great as usual.

Feb 17, 2018

Quirky and fun, but complex story with unique characters . I enjoyed this more than the book, which is unusual.

Feb 07, 2018

Best little movie I have seen in a long time. Ah, revenge! Tilly returns to the small town that sent her away when she was but a young girl. She returns to her mother's home to start her dress making business, reconnect with the town and to find out why she was sent away as a young child. This is a satisfying story of secrets revealed, romance, tragedy and revenge. There is a cast of characters rivalled by no other. Well worth the watch. This movie has a quirkiness that may not appeal to some.

Jan 19, 2018

Very interesting movie. I loved the quirkiness of characters and the clothes were interesting too. You'd have to like the oddball to really get into this.
Not bad overall.

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Jun 22, 2017

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Feb 03, 2017

I'm back, you bastards.
Well, our Gert's a handsome, capable girl. She knows feedstock, haberdashery...
-(WHISPERS) Mother!
And what powders are lethal to maggots and fly-struck merinos!
What kind of bloody awful music is this?
-Blues. Oh! Music to hang by. Yeah, I don't know. I like it.
She's got a lot of pain in her voice.
-Yeah. Billie Holiday.
Sounds like she needs one.
Style and decency. Some designers just don't seem to know the difference, do they?
Hmm. Fire someplace.
-Yes. Dungatar.
Burning off rubbish, were they? Looks like they overdid it.
-You never met the rubbish.


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