In “The Dressmaker,” Kate Winslet dons the character of Tilly Dunnage, a woman who returns to her town for her ailing mother and right the wrong that separated them twenty years ago. Their years apart gave way to Tilly’s nascent talent in dressmaking, which she learned from her mother, Molly (Judy Davis) at a very young age.
In a no-holds-barred showdown between Tilly’s and Una’s creations, it becomes clear that the transformation of the residents of Dungatar has only exaggerated their many flaws, and revealed just how ugly and black their hearts are. Their obsession with Tilly’s couture designs will be their ultimate unravelling, and Tilly’s final triumph.
Hugo Weaving, who plays Sergeant Farrat, an eager recipient of Tilly’s skills says: “The tone of it’s the difficult thing with this film. Everything needed to be grounded in a reality and a truth but at the same time there’s a heightened reality to it, so it’s slightly surreal. The characters are both drawn from life, very specific types, but a lot of them are larger than life and the costumes need to somehow reflect that.”
The featured Singer Sewing Machine 160 used in “The Dressmaker” is a model made during 1951 for the company’s 100th anniversary special edition. Singer sewing machine started in 1851, and will be celebrating its 165th birthday next year (2016). In the Philippines, Singer is proudly exclusively distributed by Monteverde Sewing Machine, Inc. (website: www.singerphilippines.com)
“The Dressmaker” is now showing in theatres from Axinite Digicinema.
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