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Film-makers give tick to Wimmera-Mallee

HOLLYWOOD STAR: Isla Fisher will film The Dressmaker in the Wimmera-Mallee, starting in October. The movie, based on the novel by Rosalie Ham, is a romance set in a wheat belt town.

by lauren henry
Producers of a movie, starring Kate Winslet, are keen to involve Wimmera-Mallee communities when filming starts in the region in October.
Winslet, propelled to stardom after her role in movie blockbuster Titanic, will play the lead character in period romance The Dressmaker.
The film will also feature Australian actors Liam Hemsworth, most famous for The Hunger Games film series, screen and stage veteran Judy Davis, and The Great Gatsby stars Isla Fisher and Elizabeth Debicki.
The Dressmaker, based on a novel by Rosalie Ham, tells the story of Tilly Dunnage, to be played by Winslet, who returns to her hometown, set in Victoria’s wheat belt in the 1950s, after fleeing as a child when she was accused of murder.
Tilly, now a glamorous young woman, returns to reconcile with her ailing mother Molly, played by Davis, and with the help of her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women of the town, exacts revenge and unexpectedly falls in love.
Producer Sue Maslin said the filmmakers had chosen the Wimmera-Mallee as the setting for the fictional town of Dungatar, but were yet to announce one particular town as the location for the film.
Maslin and author Rosalie Ham have been searching the region in the past year for ideal settings.
Maslin said talk that the film would be set in Horsham and Stawell were ‘absolute rumours’, and a final decision on the exact location would be made by the end of the month.
Silos and a railway line are two key elements for the small town’s setting.
“We want to be able to find and create this fictional town,” she said.
“There are so many wonderful towns in the area.”
Maslin confirmed stars Winslet and Hemsworth would be required to film on location, despite the film’s studio being based in Melbourne.
Maslin said after producing films Road to Nhill and Japanese Story, both set in regional Australia, she was keen to work with the region’s communities in the filming process.
“We will be coming to the area to cast for extras – I anticipate that happening in August,” she said.

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Posted on Jul 9 2014

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