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Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, THE DRESSMAKER is a bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. Tilly Dunnage, 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 and unexpectedly fall in love with the pure-hearted Teddy, but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and in so doing gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.


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Cast & Crew & Production Details

Jocelyn Moorhouse
P.J. Hogan  Jocelyn Moorhouse
Sue Maslin
Executive Producers
Roger Savage   Ian Kirk  Tim Haslam  Michael Shyjka  Gavin Poolman  Hugo Grumbar
Dir. of Photography:
Don McAlpine
Jill Bilcock
Production Designer:
Roger Ford
Kate Winslet - Judy Davis - Liam Hemsworth - Hugo Weaving
Comedy, Drama
Production Company
Film Art Media Pty Ltd  The Dressmaker Production Pty Ltd
Australian Sales
Universal Pictures Australasia
International Sales
Embankment Films

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