The 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.
The 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.