Jocelyn Moorhouse: Her Return to Directing and Making ‘The Dressmaker’

Video co-produced by Laila Kazmi and Stacey Jenkins for the KCTS 9 SIFF series.

For director Jocelyn Moorhouse, The Dressmaker is about the power of transformation and love. Based on a popular novel by Rosalie Ham, the film marks Moorhouse’s return to directing after about 18 years.

“I didn’t want to leave directing,” says Moorhouse about her departure when two of her children were diagnosed with autism. Her kids are grown and doing well and on the persistent encouragement of producer Sue Maslin, Moorhouse felt the time was right to direct another feature film.

“I’m really happy that it was The Dressmaker that brought me back,” says Moorhouse. “I loved the novel because it’s pretty crazy.”

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