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‘The Dressmaker’ adaptation receives investment funding from Screen Australia

A film adaptation of The Dressmaker by Melbourne author Rosalie Ham (Duffy & Snellgrove) is one of three feature film projects to receive a share of $4.4 million of investment funding from Screen Australia this month. The film, which received development funding from Screen Australia in early 2012, is being produced by Sue Maslin and written and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, who directed a number of popular films, including Proof and How to Make an American Quilt, and produced Muriel’s Wedding. The film will star Kate Winslet and Judy Davis. Described as ‘a gothic tale of love, revenge and haute couture’, Ham’s novel is set in the 1950s in the fictional Australian wheatbelt town of Dungatar. The novel, which was published in 2000, follows the story of dressmaker Tilly, who returns to her home town to care for her sick mother.



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