Jocelyn Moorhouse’s feature-film adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s best-selling novel The Dressmaker has been fully financed for production. The film will be released in Australia by Universal Pictures on the 1st of October, 2015.
Casting is currently underway, with Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby) set to join Kate Winslet and Judy Davis (Husbands & Wives) in The Dressmaker.
The Dressmaker is the story of Tilly Dunnage, who returns after many years in Europe to her small hometown with revenge on her mind. A stylish drama with comic undertones, Tilly punishes those who did her wrong in the past—and brings 1950s haute couture to the Australian outback.
Jocelyn Moorhouse (Proof, How to Make an American Quilt), who directs her script adaptation of the eponymous novel by Rosalie Ham, said: “Kate Winslet is perfect for Tilly. She’s beautiful, intelligent, and deeply mysterious on screen. Judy Davis is amongst the great contemporary actresses and she will bring powerful wit and charm to the role of Molly. Liam Hemsworth is a laid back, genuine charmer who’s also tall, dark and movie-star handsome. He’ll create a character for the audience to fall in love with.”
Working with Moorhouse will be Academy Award® nominated crew including director of photography Don McAlpine (Ender’s Game, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet), production designer Roger Ford (Chronicles of Narnia, Babe), and editor Jill Bilcock (Moulin Rouge!, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Road To Perdition).
The Dressmaker is produced by Sue Maslin (Japanese Story) through Film Art Media and the film has been financed with the assistance of Screen Australia, Fulcrum Media Finance, White Hot Productions, Film Victoria, Soundfirm and developed with the assistance of Screen NSW.
Filming will commence this October around Melbourne and in regional Victoria. Kate Winslet is represented by CAA and United Agents. Judy Davis, Isla Fisher and Elizabeth Debicki are represented by Shanahan Management. Liam Hemsworth is represented by Morrissey Management.