The Dressmaker

Dressmaker, The (Jocelyn Moorhouse, 2015) wr. Jocelyn Moorhouse, PJ. Hogan from gothic novel by Rosalie Ham, prod Sue Maslin, Film Art Media, dp Don McAlpine, pd Roger Ford, ed Jill Bilcock, costume Tim Chappel; Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Melissa George, Roy Dupuis, Liam Hemsworth, Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Debicki; 'Gothic tale of love, revenge and haute couture', 'Unforgiven with a sewing machine'; comic drama; shooting October 2014

The Dressmaker is the kind of film that might have been made by Pedro Almodovar, both for its melodramatic story complete with family secrets and for its wicked tone - as well as some notable excesses (eg Hugo Weaving's fetishist local cop Sgt Farrat [ha ha]). It is as risky, too, with deaths and disabilities crowding the frame. Winslet, co-star Liam Hemsley and Sarah Snook in her post-transformed state aside, it is also peopled by decidedly ugly characters ... probably more than Almodovar would have chosen. Andrew L. Urban, urbancinefile.

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