THE DRESSMAKER is an upcoming Australian revenge comedy drama film co-written and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (Proof, How to Make an American Quilt, A Thousand Acres), based on the novel of the same name by Rosalie Ham. It stars Kate Winslet as femme fatale in the titular role of the dressmaker named Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage, who returns to a small Australian town to take care of her ailing, mentally unstable mother. Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Caroline Goodall, Shane Bourne, Kerry Fox, Rebecca Gibney, Sacha Horler, Shane Jacobson, Alison Whyte, Genevieve Lemon, Barry Otto, and Sarah Snook also star in the film.
Set in the 1950s, THE DRESSMAKER is a bittersweet comedy about a glamorous young woman who returns, after many years in Europe, to her small home town in rural Australia in order to right some wrongs from the past. When Tilly (Winslet) comes home, she not only reconciles with her ailing mother Molly (Davis) but with her sewing machine, and haute couture style, she transforms the women of the town in such a way that she gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. She also falls unexpectedly in love, which leads to her greatest loss and most destructive deed.