Synopsis: 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.
Release Date: October 29, 2015
Thoughts: Be warned, while I’ve yet to read Rosalie Ham’s novel on which this is based, this first look at The Dressmaker seems heavy on spoilers…a troubling pattern in previews lately. If you’d rather wait for the finished product arriving on US shores in late 2015, you’ll be treated to a period drama set in the Australian outback starring Kate Winslet (Labor Day) as a woman returning home with a vengeance. This seems more dark comedy than dark drama, a perfect fit for Winslet’s considerable talent. Though I’m a bit leery that Jocelyn Moorhouse is at the helm having recently made it only halfway through her treacly 1995 misfire How to Make an American Quilt, I’m encouraged that the script comes courtesy of her husband, director P.J. Hogan who was responsible for the delightfully droll Muriel’s Wedding (and the less droll My Best Friend’s Wedding). Still, any occasion for Winslet to appear onscreen is reason to celebrate, and she’s joined by Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2), Hugo Weaving (Cloud Atlas), an unrecognizable Judy Davis, and an actress everyone should be taking notice of…Sarah Snook (Jessabelle).