Monday Night Film Series: The Dressmaker

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the_dressmaker_film_posterJocelyn Moorhouse | 118 mins | AUSTRALIA
2015 | English
Cast: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth

Tilly Dunnage (Winslet) arrives in the small town of Dungatar like a gunslinger: broad-brimmed hat on her head, sleek pumps on her feet, trusty Singer sewing machine at her side. Driven away when she was just 10 years old for supposedly committing a heinous crime, the resilient Tilly found her way to Paris, where she trained under legendary designer Madeleine Vionnet. She has come back to look after her ailing mother, Molly (Judy Davis, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, To Rome With Love), but, with her beguiling, form fitting dresses, she’s soon turning heads at the town rugby game — most notably the one atop the broad shoulders of star player Teddy McSwiney (Liam Hemsworth, Cut Bank).

When Tilly is hired to design and custom-make haute couture for the more rebellious local ladies, a battle line is drawn: on one side, those who love Tilly’s progressive style, and on the other side, Dungatar’s conservative busybody contingent. As tension between these camps escalates, Tilly’s shadowy past becomes her enemies’ most potent weapon — but this fearsome fashionista has resolved to never let Dungatar get the best of her again.

Winslet exudes femme-fatale danger and sexiness as Tilly — she’s Clint Eastwood meets Rita Hayworth. And Moorhouse, working with co-writer P.J. Hogan in adapting Rosalie Ham’s novel, infuses The Dressmaker with a perfect blend of glamour and edginess, generating laughter and intrigue right up to the explosive finale.

The Dressmaker | Monday Night Film Series | Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus | December 12, 2016 – 7:30pm | See full schedule

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