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May092014

Dressmaker Dressmaker Catch me A Catch

JA from MNPP here - have you guys heard about The Dressmaker? It's the new movie from Jocelyn Moorhouse (How To Make An American Quilt, Proof), which she adapted from a 2000 novel by Rosalie Ham, and it's about a woman who returns to her small hometown after being accused or murder; there she sets out to 1) make amends with her eccentric mother, and 2) show the town's ladies the power of excellent haute couture, and 3) get revenge on the people who wrong her, and 4) falls in love with Liam Hemsworth. Okay I am getting a little ahead of myself there with the Hemsworth thing since I haven't mentioned any of the rest of the casting, which is the real meat and potatoes...

... since the stylish accused-murderess is being played by Kate Winslet and her eccentric mother is being played by Judy Davis. Excuse me I'm sorry you're supposed to always type that in caps - her eccentric mother is being played by JUDY DAVIS. Kate Winslet and Judy Davis as mother and daughter! Revenge and high fashion! Liam Hemsworth as beefcake on a platter! All of these thing deserve exclamation points, you see.

And so do the other two names attached to the film - Isla Fisher (who has gone criminally under-used if you ask me; I can't even tell you how many times I quote her Bachelorette performance) and Elizabeth Debicki (who was easily the best thing in The Great Gatsby). This is a great big pile-up of awesomeness, that's what this is. Oh and a random aside I learned while writing this story up that goes on the awesome heap - did you know that Jocelyn Moorhouse is married to Muriel's Wedding director PJ Hogan? I did not know that until right now, and any connection I can make back to Muriel's Wedding is a cause célèbre above and beyond all else.

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The underused & underrated JUDY DAVIS

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Judy Davis is amazing, happy to see her in [what will hopefully be] a meaty role again!

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

JUDY DAVIS cast as Kate Winslet's mother is so perfect, it's basically the third law of thermodynamics.

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

No need for Yes No Maybe-this is a YES all the way with JUDY DAVIS!

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Whoa, every last detail of this movie sounds fabulous. Can't wait!

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterhannahlily

Liam Hemsworth is the recessive Hemsworth. It would be better with Chris.

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoey

Ok but serious question, which of you TFE regulars is the casting director for this movie???

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Here's hoping Winslet brings it Blanchett style.

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

I love the cast and the story sounds terrific as well. Come on Kate & JUDY! Yay.

From what I've heard Moorehouse is not only married to Muriel's Wedding but was actively involved in its development as well.

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergoran

My body is ready.

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

My heart will go on for this!

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Tyler What do you mean by 'my body is ready?'

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I really don't want Liam Hemsworth in my movies.

May 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMs. V

Sounds absolutely wonderful, except for the Liam Hemsworth part.

May 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRachele

I am ready for the return of Davis and Moorehouse. PROOF is one of the best movies of the '90s and EUCALYPTUS' implosion makes me sad to this very day.

May 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn

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