The Dressmaker: 'Who's that?'

Title:
The Dressmaker: 'Who's that?'
NFSA ID:
1430033
Year:
2015
Courtesy:
Film Art Media
Category:
Access fees

In this scene from The Dressmaker (Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia, 2015), Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet) returns to the tiny, outback town of Dungatar, to the community that cast her out as a young girl after accusing her of a terrible crime.

Having quietly slipped back into town late one evening, spotted only by local police officer Sergeant Farrat (Hugo Weaving), Tilly sets about making her presence known the following day at a local football match. Tilly's appearance stops everyone in their tracks when she arrives wearing a striking, red silk-taffeta dress with matching stilettos and dark glasses.

Her arrival elicits all manner of reactions, on and off the football field. Teddy (Liam Hemsworth) reveals his cheeky and flirtatious side, and Sergeant Farrat can barely contain his adoration of her luxurious dress. Meanwhile, we get a glimpse into the spitefulness of other characters, including local Shire President, Evan Pettyman (Shane Bourne) and the snooty Elsbeth Beaumont (Caroline Goodall).

The presence of Tilly's mother Molly (Judy Davis), who was shunned by most of the community after Tilly left, tips us off that Dungatar bears the weight of some dark secrets.

This scene signals that the stage is now set for alliances to be forged and battles to begin.

Director:
Jocelyn Moorhouse
Producer:
Sue Maslin
Written by:
Jocelyn Moorhouse, PJ Hogan
Based on the novel by:
Rosalie Ham
Music by:
David Hirschfelder
Cast:
Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Liam Hemsworth, Sarah Snook, Rebecca Gibney, Shane Bourne