In 1950s Australia, beautiful, talented dressmaker Tilly returns to her tiny hometown to right wrongs from her past. As she tries to reconcile with her mother, she starts to fall in love while transforming the fashion of the town.
Miscellaneous In the scene where (grownup) Tilly is in the classroom with the teacher, the alphabet on the top of the blackboard is missing the letter "R"
Factual Mistake Tilly is carrying a Singer sewing machine by the handle on the top of the case. These machines were not designed to be carried that way - the handle is just to lift the case on and off. In addition, the case is only meant to cover the machine, and the cover's clips are not strong enough to hold the heavy machine, and would fail
Continuity The Singer was operated by a knee lever that stored within the case when closed and then was pulled out and slotted into the bed of the machine leaving both hands free to guide the fabric. Very portable for the era
Continuity When Tilly arrives in town, she's carrying a case for a manually operated Singer sewing machine. Later on, when we see her at work, there's no handle on the side of the machine and she's clearly using both hands to guide the fabric
Miscellaneous When Tilly bribes Sgt. Farrat with the feather boa in front of the petrol bowser, it can be clearly seen to read "cents per gallon". In 1951 dollars and cents were still 15 years in the future. It should have read shillings and pence per gallon
Miscellaneous In 1951, the characters talk about being children (in 1926) and playing at Superman. The first Superman comic was not published until 1938
Jocelyn Moorhouse first film since 'A Thousand Acres'. She has two children with autism and most of her time off has been dedicated to them
The first of two films in which Kate Winslet and Sarah Snook have worked on together. The second was Steve Jobs (2015). The Dressmaker was shot in 2014 and released in 2015, while Steve Jobs was shot and released in 2015
Jocelyn Moorhouse described the film as "Unforgiven with a sewing machine"
Received a standing ovation when it premiered at Toronto Film Festival in the Roy Thompson Hall which holds about 2,400 people
Tilly's sewing machine is a Singer 201K2. They were incredibly sturdy and very expensive, costing the equivalent of up to 6 months wages for a working woman. They are still considered one of the best sewing machines by professional dressmakers and tailors
300 mice were used for the scenes in the silo
Elizabeth Debicki and Isla Fisher were both originally attached for supporting roles
Spend 13 years in development before filming began
The red dress and coat worn by Kate Winslet are made from a silk moire fabric found in Milan 25 years before it was used in the film
Sarah Snook's favorite costume from the film is the wedding dress her character gets to wear
The fictional town of Dungatar was build from scratch as no town in Victoria, Australia, matched production designer Roger Ford's wish to achieve a Western town with Australian characteristics
Kate Winslet and Judy Davis had a hard time keeping a straight face while filming the scene where Liam Hemsworth's strips off to get a measurement
Production was pushed back a year to accommodate Kate Winslet's pregnancy with husband Ned RocknRoll
Kate Winslet learned to sew for her part. Following this, she assisted Margot Wilson in creating the costumes for her character. Wilson was exclusively hired to create the outfits for Winslet's character
Shooting of the film was interrupted several times as wild emus interrupted the scenes
Production was pushed back a year to accommodate Kate Winslet's pregnancy with husband Ned RocknRoll.
Elizabeth Debicki and Isla Fisher were both originally attached for supporting roles.
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