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TIFF 2015 Women Directors: Meet Jocelyn Moorhouse – ‘The Dressmaker’

TIFF 2015 Women Directors: Meet Jocelyn Moorhouse - 'The Dressmaker'

Jocelyn Moorhouse was born in Melbourne, Australia, and graduated from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She has previously directed the features “Proof,” “How to Make an American Quilt” and “A Thousand Acres.” In 2012, she directed her first play, “Sex with Strangers,” at the Sydney Theatre Company. (Press materials) 

The Dressmaker” will premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 14. 

W&H: Please give us your description of the film playing.

JM: “The Dressmaker” tells the story of Tilly Dunnage (played by Kate Winslet), a stylish outsider who returns to her small hometown after 25 years away. She is there to solve a mystery from her past — and to punish some evildoers!

W&H: What drew you to this story?

JM: The strong female characters, the mix of dark humor and poignant emotion and the many surprises in the story.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

JM: The biggest challenge was making a complex and stylish film on a very tight schedule.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

JM: I want them to carry Tilly, Molly and Teddy in their hearts.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

JM: Be strong and be true to your original voice.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

JM: Producer Sue Maslin never gave up!

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

JM: “Seven Beauties” by Lina Wertmüller, because it’s bold, angry, brave and brilliant.

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