Alumni Success: TIFF World Premiere

Jul 30 2015

Excellent news just in from the Toronto International Film Festival. AFTRS MSAB alumnus (and Friday On My Mind co-host in Melbourne) Sue Maslin's latest feature film The Dressmaker has been selected to have its world premiere in the red carpet Gala Presentations section in this year's 40th Toronto film festival.

The film was also directed by fellow AFTRS alumnus Jocelyn Moorhouse (Directing) and boasts a stellar cast including Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis and Hugo Weaving. Congratulations to Sue, Jocelyn and the cast and crew!

Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, The Dressmaker is a bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet), a beautiful and talented misfit, after many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly (Judy Davis) and unexpectedly fall in love with the pure-hearted Teddy (Liam Hemsworth), but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and in so doing gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

The 40th Toronto International Film Festival will run from 10-20 September. Visit their website for more information >

Image attribution: Production still from The Dressmaker. Image sourced from

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