Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker, which will shoot in regional Victoria later this year, has been variously described as Clint Eastwood's “Unforgiven with a sewing machine” and “a gothic tale of revenge, love and haute couture”. Whatever the film, which is adapted from a novel by Rosalie Ham, proves to be, the story of a talented dressmaker who returns home from Europe to her eccentric mother in a small Australian town where she was previously wronged has a stunning lead cast assembled. The mother will be played by Judy Davis (My Brilliant Career, Husbands and Wives), with Kate Winslet (Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) as her offspring.
Although she recently produced husband P.J. Hogan's Mental and has directed a play for the Sydney Theatre Company, Moorhouse hasn't directed a feature film since the 1990s, when she made her name (and Russell Crowe's) with 1991's Proof, before taking on Hollywood projects with 1995's How to Make an American Quilt and the 1997 heartland remake of King Lear, A Thousand Acres. Winslet has recently shot Jason Reitman's new film, Labor Day, opposite Josh Brolin, and Alan Rickman's directorial feature debut, A Little Chaos, while Davis has just completed The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, the new American-set film from French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) that co-stars Helena Bonham-Carter.
3x the drama
One of the more innovative uses of 3-D was made by German filmmaker Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas, The American Friend), who used the increasingly epic format for his dance documentary and tribute Pina. Long ago a crucial member of the New German Cinema, Wenders will retain 3-D for his intimate drama Every Thing Will Be Fine, which will star the ubiquitous James Franco (Spring Breakers, Oz the Great and Powerful) as Tomas, a man who accidentally hits and kills a child in his car and tries to carry on with his life. Sarah Polley, whose forthcoming documentary memoir Stories We Tell is one of the year's best films, will play his partner.
Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Side Effects) and Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, The Departed) will have supporting roles in the next movie from Stephen Daldry (The Hours). The pair will play a doctor and a priest respectively in Trash, the story of three young boys in an unnamed Third World Country who have to go on the run when they find a mysterious bag in the garbage dump where they both scavenge and play.
Hot for teacher
One of the better things about the middling Hollywood comedy Bad Teacher was the comic chemistry between stars Cameron Diaz (Gangs of New York, Charlie's Angels) and Jason Segel (The Five Year Engagement, This is 40). The pair will reunite with Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan (The Zero Effect) for Sex Tape, the story of a married couple whose date night becomes a frantic quest when they lose their illicit home recording and have to retrieve it. What happens to the improvised work can be partially answered by the addition to the cast of Jack Black (School of Rock), who will play a porn company CEO.