A FAM­ILY AF­FAIR

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

AF­TER 18 years out of the di­rec­tor’s chair, Jo­ce­lyn Moor­house was “itch­ing” to get back in.

The Aus­tralian di­rec­tor and pro­ducer, who boasts clas­sic Muriel’s Wed­ding (1994) and the star-stud­ded How To Make an Amer­i­can Quilt (1995) on her fil­mog­ra­phy, makes her di­rec­to­rial come­back with The Dress­maker.

The Dress­maker stars Kate Winslet, nail­ing an Aus­tralian ac­cent, as a woman who re­turns to her ru­ral home­town af­ter pur­su­ing a ca­reer in fash­ion in Paris and must deal with sin­is­ter se­crets and gos­sipy lo­cals.

“Film­mak­ing is in my blood, it was hard not di­rect­ing,” Moor­house said.

“I have had fun pro­duc­ing my hus­band P.J. Ho­gan’s films ( Pe­ter Pan and Men­tal), but be­ing a di­rec­tor is all-en­com­pass­ing, and I am a mother of four kids who need you to be all-en­com­pass­ing.”

Moor­house said her ca­reer con­tin­ued to be a fam­ily af­fair, with her chil­dren dip­ping their toes into the film industry in her lat­est project.

“This one is so spe­cial, I had to talk to my kids and say ‘mum wants to do this’,” she said.

“My old­est is 25 and was an in­tern on the film and my nine-year-old was an ex­tra and a flower girl.

“My other kids, who are 12 and 19, have autism, so they do not like be­ing away from home.”

While she con­tin­ues to shape her ca­reer with other projects, Moor­house said Muriel’s Wed­ding con­tin­ued to be part of her life.

“Maybe once or twice a month some­one will ask me or P.J. about it or they find out I pro­duced it or he di­rected it and they want to talk about it,” she said.

“We don’t mind, we are re­ally proud of it and it was based on peo­ple that P.J. knows and are still here, so it is a nice re­minder.”

The Dress­maker is in cine­mas on Oc­to­ber 29.

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