The Dressmaker

If you like Australian Rules football and frocks you’ll like this film !

In fact, if you like a whodunnit, period drama with nice old 50 motors, trains and coaches, you’ll be happy. Add to those a moving plot against a slightly surreal idea that a new dress or suit will changes the way you relate to your world (no, hang on 50% of the population think that works!) – I think you’ll be glad you made the effort to get out to the cinema again.

The director chooses a redneck village of Dungatar; Winyerp would appear to be the next village, which are in a 1950s time warp – the English village living on in the colonies with a village bobby (who’s gay and bonkers) a school ma’am who’s bonkers and deceitful a village chemist, general store and hotel. The only thing missing is a dressmaker. Cue the return of Tilly to look after her (bonkers) old mother.

I think I noted references to Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Of Mice and Men and there’s probably a nod to Muriel’s Wedding too, though my Oz filmography only extends to the above two plus Hanging Rock.

I see the critics list this a ‘revenge-comedy-drama’ which is a genre I’d not heard of – however it’s the leader in its field – 8/10 from me.

Rotten Tomatoes 79%

IMDB 76%