Kate Winslet—who rocketed to worldwide audience with her lead role as Rose in the blockbuster film Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio—stars in the upcoming movie The Dressmaker, a hilarious dramedy clothed in elite fashion where revenge never looked so classy.
Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, The Dressmaker is a bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia.
Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet), a beautiful and talented misfit, after many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly (Judy Davis) and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy (Liam Hemsworth), but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town. In doing so, she gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.
The Dressmaker also includes actors in stellar remarkable roles such as Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Caroline Goodall, Shane Bourne, Kerry Fox and Rebecca Gibney. It is directed by American Film Institute winner Jocelyn Moorhouse, acclaimed for her previous works in How To Make An American Quilt starring Wynona Ryder and A Thousand Acres starring Michelle Pfieffer and Colin Firth.
Winslet remembers, “When I first read the script I was very taken by how different she was as a woman to anything I’d read for quite a while. There’s a strength in her that is unflinching and almost aggressive at times because she has had to overcome so many challenges in order to stay strong and to be the person that she is.”
She adds that she finds her character, Tilly, as, “unique and extremely skilled at what she does, she has a sense of grace and poise that is entirely lacking in the town. I really admired her very powerful sense of self. She’s vulnerable but does a really good job of hiding it.”
The Dressmaker opens nationwide today from Axinite Digicinema.