The Dressmaker

In this sumptuous tale of Outback revenge, Kate Winslet plays the misfit heroine, dressmaker Tilly

In this sumptuous tale of Outback revenge, Kate Winslet plays the misfit heroine, dressmaker Tilly, who returns to her drab hometown in early-1950s New South Wales after 20 years away.

She’s soon turning a series of local ugly ducklings into glamorous swans, but her real aim is to expose the town’s dark secrets. Embracing comedy, melodrama, romance and tragedy, the film is a trifle overstuffed – but its excesses only make it all the more enjoyable.

Judy Davis is fabulous as Tilly’s dotty mother, Hugo Weaving is great fun as a secretly cross-dressing policeman and Liam Hemsworth strikes a note of down-to-earth sanity as a hunky local, while Winslet, stopping the traffic in an array of drop-dead gorgeous dresses, channels the spirit of the era’s screen sirens with voluptuous allure.