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The Dressmaker (2015)

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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.


Jocelyn Moorhouse


Rosalie Ham (based on the novel by), Jocelyn Moorhouse | 1 more credit »
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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 Sacha Horler ... Una Pleasance
Shane Jacobson ... Alvin Pratt
Geneviève Lemon Geneviève Lemon ... Mae McSwiney
James Mackay ... William Beaumont


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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She left town in disgrace. Now she's back in style. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

29 October 2015 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

El poder de la moda See more »


Box Office


AUD 17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$185,165, 25 September 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,021,399, 16 December 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,715,078, 30 October 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jocelyn Moorhouse described the film as "Unforgiven (1992) with a sewing machine". See more »


When Evan is clipping a newspaper photo and is startled by the clattering of a golf ball on the roof, the long shot shows he has cut roughly one-third of the way across the top of the photo when the ball hits, but in the immediately following close-up shot showing his reaction (wherein the scissors turn and cut off the top of his head in the photo) the remaining two-thirds of the paper above the photo are shown as having been cut. There was no time between the golf ball noise and his errant snip for him to have finished cutting across the top of the photo. See more »


[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 »


Who Were You With Last Night
Written by Fred Godfrey and Mark Sheridan
Produced and Recorded by Shane O'Mara featuring Steve Purcell
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Amusing for the first 90 minutes
8 November 2015 | by mailes22See all my reviews

Kate Winslet and Judy Davis steal the whole movie. Liam Hemsworth is very nice on the eye. Everyone else is a caricature.

The movie was surprisingly humorous for the first 90 minutes. Not all the one liners are in the trailer after all. But then the plot takes a dark turn and really loses its way. The book probably took its time to get all the characters to the end, but the last part of the movie feels rushed and really rather silly, in a slapstick kind of way. First the townsfolk hate Tilly then they love her, then they hate her, then they're back pleading with her to make costumes to save the town's pride ... Honestly, I felt like I was getting whiplash trying to keep up with it.

The other distracting aspect is that Kate Winslet is looking her age and while she's still fabulous, Liam Hemsworth is 15 years younger than she is in real life, and it's just not remotely believable that they were children of a similar age growing up together. Winslet was probably wearing her first makeup and heels, the day Hemsworth was born.

On the plus side, Winslet gives a flawless performance, including the Aussie accent, which is notoriously difficult to pull off convincingly. Meryl Strep's dreadful attempt at an Aussie accent in Evil Angels just proved how hard it is to do. All credit to Winslet. And it was fabulous seeing Judy Davis on the screen again. The fight between the two of them before the bath scene was hilarious.

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