Skip to main content
Learn How to Start a T-Shirt Business using RedBubble, Society6 and TeePublic - Click Here
Affiliate link - Thank you for helping to keep this site free.

Movie Review: The Dressmaker (2015) *Spoiler free*

At first glance at the poster you might think The Dressmaker is a bona-fide chick flick, however it's not often you'll watch a chick flick with a body count. I'm not going to say who gets it or how I'm just sayin' - I didn't expect the death rate to climb quite so high by the end of the film.

Kate Winslet plays Myrtle 'Tilly' Dunnage, a fairly well traveled, high fashion dressmaker who returns to her rural home town in outback Australia to try and unravel a curse that has plagued her since childhood.



When she arrives she has to contend with her mother (Judy Davis), who initially doesn't appear to know she even had a daughter, and then the rest of the town folk who all know the story of why Tilly was sent away as a child, branded as a murderer.

Aside from Liam Hemsworth (obviously the 'love interest') and Judy Davis the supporting cast is like a whose who of A-list Aussie actors, some very well known internationally and others who would be very familiar to most Australians. Quite a few are initially unrecognizable but you'll get that feeling you've seen them before in something on Aussie TV.

All the cast give great, if some what over the top (at times), performances that really suits the humor that runs through out the whole movie. It plays a bit like a cartoon but the dark undertones of Tilly's purpose keep everything grounded from being too light and slapstick.

The movie has a real edge to it and I'm in two minds as to whether to call it a black comedy or not. It certainly gets that way towards the end but the earlier parts of the film contains humor that anyone would find appealing.

I will say that, had Tilly not become a Dressmaker, she could have taken up pro golf, as could her mother - you'll see why if you see the film.

Ultimately the film will leave you with few questions (maybe read the book by Rosalie Ham to see if that has more detail) but overall it's a fun story, with dark moments and humor, and definitely not your typical chick flick.

If you like smart Aussie humor, stunning evening wear that has no place being in outback Australia during the day and Hugo Weaving getting to camp it up once again in a fun role, then this is the film for you.

Comments

  1. Would I like this film do you think? I'm not sure if it's still on at Carousel now, as I don't get the Hoyts Newsletter now. I must have dropped of their mailing list, but I haven't visited the web site for a while to look.

    I think it was reviewed in the Sunday Times mag, and I don't think it gave it a very favourable review, so I got put off it. It doesn't sound bad though, and has actors that I like. I think she'd find that sewing machine heavy to carry about though.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's only just come out so should still be showing at most cinemas. I do think you'd enjoy it. The humor gets a bit dark at times but nothing that's likely to be off putting.

      The Sunday Times critic wouldn't know a good movie if they saw one based on the reviews I read in that mag when I was there. The Dressmaker is a lot of fun in a farce kind of way. It's not intended to be realistic drama.

      Fortunately she doesn't have to carry that sewing machine around for long once she sets up shop in the town.

      Delete
  2. Oh, thanks, must check the web site out for Hoyts and tell them to send me the Newsletter again. I've got a Gold card to present to earn points everytime I go to a movie. Not sure if it's only to get things from the candy bar though. I've got my usual two free movie tickets from Carl that he gets from work on his birthday. I've got 'til next year to use them though, til end of Feb I think. They've got the cheap Tuesdays back again for $13 for everyone, but that's all I pay on other week-days now.

    ReplyDelete
  3. It is showing at the web site. I think it's the first week. Times are 10am or 1-30pm which is the best time for me, apart from later in the evening. I only just went to Carousel last week, so don't really want to be going this next week. Wonder if the times will change though. They might do away with the 1-30pm one. Don't know how long it will be on for.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I missed out on this film this time. I think it was on for two weeks, but I didn't really have time to go what with looking for a bit of shopping, as I got my first lot online. They were giving it good reviews on the radio at 6pr. Listeners thought it was good too. I saw the book in Dymocks with this same cover for around $22 something. Have to wait for the DVD.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Comments not directly related to the post will be deleted. This includes spammy generic comments with links to websites not related to the post.

Buy Gifts and Apparel featuring art by TET.

Popular posts from this blog

Guest Post: MY SOOPER DOOPER NEW CONSERVATORY/ART STUDIO!

Jo's new Art Studio/Conservatory. Today's guest post is by Artist, Writer, and Mental Health Advocate, Jo B Creative who writes for her blog,  Creating My Oddessey . Y ou should see our (almost) brand new conservatory, half of which is my art studio. 'Lucky me!' I think to myself. Not every creative bod can boast that. It's HUGE! Like a giant greenhouse. We first moved to our pleasant cul-de-sac house - great for raising kids - when our son, who's on the cusp of thirty-one, was four. One of the main reasons that we wanted it was that, apart from its location on the fringes of a historic market town in rural Hampshire, UK, it had a sizable conservatory looking onto the back garden. It was brown wood framed and had a corrugated transparent roof sloping down from downstairs ceiling height. On the face of it, it doesn't sound that glamourous, but we loved the idea of a conservatory. Luxury! I even liked the red brick walls which it was built against -

How to Transfer Any Line Art to Your Griptape - Easy Skateboard Griptape Art Tutorial

Dog Star Griptape Art by TET Griptape art is once again gaining popularity amongst modern skateboarders. For those of us who have tried to create our own griptape art, using paint pens, you'll know reproducing your design onto the grip, without making any mistakes is incredibly challenging. Mostly because you just have to go for it and draw the design freehand, with paint pens, directly onto the griptape. You can make the odd mistake here or there but if you get the proportions of the design completely wrong, it can be very difficult to fix. Often you just have to live with the mistake. To address the problem I've come up with an easy way anyone can transfer a line art design to their griptape, removing almost all the anxiety of getting the proportions wrong. In fact, you could do this with any line art design, even if you have no drawing skill at all. Watch the video below to see my technique in action and/or skip past the video where I highlight the basic steps to get your de

The Star Wars Saga: Episode II, Attack of the Clones *All Spoilers*

Continuing my series of posts, as one of my local TV stations shows every Star Wars movie in order, every Saturday, for the next six weeks leading up to the release of Star Wars, Episode VII, The Force Awakens , here is my response to and thoughts on  Star Wars, Episode II, Attack of the Clones . After The Phantom Menace I just wasn't interested in seeing Episode II in the cinema. I don't think I made any effort to see it or even had any anticipation for it's release.

The Braille Skateboarding App - How it Changed My Mind on Switch Skating

My Profile on the Braille Skateboarding App. Braille Skateboarding launched it's new Skateboarding App worldwide on November 23rd, 2020. About a month prior to that they did a 'soft launch' via email for anyone living in Australia. I'm guessing this was to give the app a final test in the real world before launching it proper. Rather than explain what it is, watch Aaron Kyro, founder of Braille Skateboarding, run you through the app in the launch video below.  In a nutshell the app is virtually everything Braille has to offer accessed right from your phone, from tutorials to the Braille Army Community. The app is free but you can unlock more features if you upgrade to a paid membership. Braille App Trick List. One of the apps unique free features is keeping track of the tricks you've learned and giving you an overall score so you have some way to measure your progression. There is an extensive list of tricks, covering all types of skateboarding, categorized by diff

Course Review: YouTube for Bosses - Sunny Lenarduzzi. How to grow your YouTube Channel into a Business

YouTube for Bosses Free Mug...  or the most expensive mug  you'll ever buy? I've been subscribed to  Sunny Lenarduzzi's YouTube channel for a few years, learning a lot on how to grow a following on sites like YouTube and Instagram. If you have any interest in growing your own YouTube channel I'd highly recommend watching some of Sunny's videos on the subject.  Definitely explore her 2019 back catalogue for the most useful information. This year she's been on a bit of a 'being authentic' pivot that, personally, doesn't resonate all that much with me (but probably speaks volumes to anyone with similar experience). I'm not saying she shouldn't or isn't being authentic, it's just I didn't subscribe to hear stories about her life journey. To get back on track, Sunny runs a successful online business with her flagship course, YouTube for Bosses , a stand alone paid course that does act as something of a gateway to further paid (but opt

Boom Crash Opera Born Classic But Not Again

Boom Crash Opera are an Australian Band that reached the peak of their popularity in the mid to late nineteen eighties. They are a band that I knew about at that time but was never really excited by until they released their ill fated double album Born and Born Again in 1995 (Album cover pictured). At the time of its release I was very much into emerging Australian musical acts and was also looking out for new sounds that were different and had kind of a futuristic/electronic sound. Artists that I was buying at the time included; Swoop , Nine Inch Nails and Pop Will Eat Its Self . As well as a really interesting release by David Bowie, the concept album, Outside . Born was a fairly radical departure for Boom Crash Opera (BCO). The first single, Gimme , was often compared to the sounds of Gary Glitter, particularly his single, Rock n Roll part 2 , because of the pounding drum loops. Watch the video below. My favorite single from the album is dissemble which probably went now

One Week on Light n' Easy #lightneasy

My partner, Enigma, and I recently decided to try Light n' Easy to replace all our daily meals in an effort to eat healthier (and not have to think at all about cooking evening meals). Enigma is about to embark on her third week of their full menu but I caved after one and opted just to get the dinners.