The Dressmaker

The_Dressmaker_film_posterThe Dressmaker (2015) 8/10

This movie took me by surprise.  I had no idea that it was filmed in Australia and featured that quirky Aussie humour, the ‘it is what it is’ approach to hardship and the harsh, dry landscape that I love so much.

Kate Winslet is an elegant actress. She plays Tilly Dunnage. Tilly is from a speck of rural Australia and has a sense of fashion and design that is creative, bold and perfect.

Aussie talents are supporting players: hilarious and touching Hugo Weaving, batshit crazy (or is she?) Judy Davis is her mother, Liam Hemsworth is her constant love.

Loss, hilarity, revenge, adversity, triumph.

 

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The Rover

imagesThe Rover (2014) – 9/10

After the ‘collapse’ Australia was not so connected anymore.  Still wants best friend USA money though.  Amazingly beautiful scenery from South Australia.  Every scene, though brutal, a work of art.  Felt like I was sweaty and covered in grit at the movie’s end.  Great soundtrack too.  Guy Pearce – intense emotions without a word (fury, confusion, tenderness – but mostly fury). A man on the brink of losing connection.

Enter Ray – Robert Pattinson – what’s going on in there Ray?  Well done Mr Twilight. I may check out more of your movies now.

Solid, slow, intense and beautiful.  Directed by David Michod. Written by Joel Edgerton and David Michod.