Category:Films directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse
Films directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse.
Films directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse.
1. Jocelyn Moorhouse – Jocelyn Denise Moorhouse is an Australian writer and film director. She has directed films such as Proof, How to Make an American Quilt, Moorhouse has produced some of her husband, film director P. J. Hogans films, Muriels Wedding and 2012s Mental. In 2012, Moorhouse directed her first play Sex with Strangers for the Sydney Theatre Company, in October 2014, she started filming The Dressmaker, with Kate Winslet and Judy Davis. Moorhouse was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Moorhouse did her HSC year in 1978 at Vermont High School where her mother taught art, which is the same high school that Gillian Armstrong attended a few years earlier. She then enrolled in the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and it was while studying at Australian Film, Television and Radio School that Moorhouse completed her first short film entitled Pavane in 1983. Moorhouse then graduated from AFTRS in 1984 and started work as script editor. She created a series called c/o The Bartons for the ABC in 1988—the series was based on one of her short films at AFTRS called The Siege of the Bartons Bathroom. Some of the television shows she worked on included The Flying Doctors, Out of the Blue, A Place to Call Home. Moorhouse made her film debut in 1991 with Proof. The idea for the film came from Moorhouse’s interest in blindness and she initially intended on this being a short film but since she wasn’t able to secure the funding for a short she decided to make it into a feature film instead. It took Proof five years to go into production, but when it did it had a budget of 1.1 million dollars, the film ended up taking six weeks to shoot in Melbourne during the winter of 1990. The success of Proof allowed Moorhouse to get bigger and better opportunities and she followed up that film with her first Hollywood blockbuster with How to Make an American Quilt. The film had a talented cast which featured Anne Bancroft, Winona Ryder, Kate Nelligan, Dermot Mulroney, the film was met with mixed reviews. Her next feature film was A Thousand Acres and it was an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Jane Smiley. The film is about the relationship between a father and three daughters when tragedy is introduced into their lives, the film starred Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jason Robards. This film, just like How to Make an American Quilt, was met with mixed reviews, Moorhouse is married to director P. J. Hogan. She was the screenwriter for one of his films entitled Unconditional Love and this was her second project with her husband as they both collaborated on Muriels Wedding. Moorhouses most recent project is The Dressmaker, the film stars Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, and Hugo WeavingJocelyn Moorhouse – Moorhouse at the premiere of The Dressmaker at TIFF, September 2015
2. The Dressmaker (2015 film) – The Dressmaker is a 2015 Australian revenge comedy-drama film written and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, based on the novel of the same name by Rosalie Ham. It stars Kate Winslet as a femme fatale in the role of the dressmaker, Myrtle Tilly Dunnage. The film explores the themes of revenge and creativity and was described by Moorhouse as Clint Eastwoods Unforgiven with a sewing machine, the project was first developed in 2000, and Ham wrote a treatment herself. After initial attempts failed, Sue Maslin bought the rights to the novel and hired Moorhouse to direct, production took place in Melbourne and across Victoria, Australia in late 2014. The film had its premiere at 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on 14 September 2015 and had a theatrical release on 29 October 2015 in Australia. In 1926 in the Australian outback town of Dungatar, schoolboy Stewart Pettyman dies in unknown circumstances, the only witness to his death, schoolgirl Myrtle Dunnage, is branded a murderer and exiled from the town by Stewarts father and town councillor, Evan Pettyman. 25 years later in 1951, Myrtle, now an accomplished dressmaker and going by the name Tilly, upon arrival, she is greeted by local police sergeant Horatio Farrat, who is secretly a cross-dresser. Tilly returns home to find the house squalid and her mother plainly mentally ill which has earned Tillys mother the nickname Mad Molly throughout town, unable to remember the events of 1926, Tilly asks her mother about Stewart Pettymans death, as she believes that day left her cursed. Molly claims to know nothing about the incident, the entire town is quickly alerted to Tillys return, as well as that of William Beaumont, son of the wealthy and snobbish Elsbeth Beaumont. Gertrude Pratt, the daughter of the owners of the general store, possesses feelings for William. The town gathers for the football final game, and everyone is shocked when Tilly turns up to the match in a bright red couture gown that distracts the Dungatar players. During the interval, the handsome Teddy McSwiney confronts Tilly about her distracting dress, after changing into a black but equally alluring outfit, Tilly gives her business card to Gertrude, offering to make her a dress for the upcoming footballers dance. The last quarter of the begins, with the teams having swapped ends of the field. Due to this, the team from the nearby town of Winyerp are distracted by Tillys dress. Later, Gertrude arrives at Mollys house to take up Tillys offer, Tilly agrees to make the dress in exchange for the truth about Stewart Pettymans death. Gertrude reveals that Tilly had hidden from Stewart Pettyman who had been bullying her mercilessly, subsequently, Stewart died, but in circumstances unknown to her. Despite feeling betrayed by Gertrude, Tilly agrees to make the dress for her, at the footballers dance, Gertrudes dress is a huge success, and she successfully uses it to capture the attention of William. Soon, all of the townspeople begin asking Tilly for extravagant dresses, simultaneously, Teddy pursues a romantic relationship with TillyThe Dressmaker (2015 film) – Theatrical release poster
3. How to Make an American Quilt – How to Make an American Quilt is a 1995 drama film, and an adaptation of the 1991 novel of the same name by Whitney Otto. Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, the film stars Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Nelligan, the film received a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Following a proposal of marriage from her boyfriend Sam, Finn decides to visit her aunt and grandmother to finish her thesis. At her grandmothers house, a quilting group congregates, and shes shocked and surprised to discover that the current quilt that theyre working on is a gift for when she gets married. The theme of the quilt is where love resides, as Finn is unsure whether shes ready for marriage or whether hes The One, the stories of the women in the quilting group open her eyes to the different kinds of love that exist. During her time at her grandmothers house, she meets Leon at the local pool, eventually, wrapped in her quilt and following a crow, she comes across Sam and chooses to stay with him. When she was in her twenties, Sophia was a talented diver with dreams of escaping her small town. One day she meets Preston Richards while diving at the local pool, hes attracted by her fearlessness and she believes he can take her away from her current, oppressive way of life. However, motherhood turns out to be just as, if not more, oppressive, and married life soon grinds her down. With three children and little help from her husband who is frequently away because of his job, she no longer has time to dive and eventually forgets the feeling of freedom, One day she snaps at her husband for digging a pond in the back garden. In an attempt to remind her of the girl he fell in love with, after she rejects his efforts, he realizes that her free spirit is gone. One morning he leaves for work, never to return, abandoned, bitter, and trapped in a life she didnt want, Sophia ironically ends up like her overbearing mother, particularly in her relationship with Finn. Years later, when the wind blows part of Finns thesis into the pond, with her feet in the pool, she remembers what her husband tried to remind her of all those years ago, and one of the last scenes shows her diving off the high dive. Em marries young, like most of the women in the story, despite the promiscuity of her artistic husband Dean, she stays with him for a period of time. Eventually, after discovering yet another affair, she leaves him whilst pregnant and she returns to her parents home, but it still takes three months before Dean comes to find her. He begs forgiveness yet again, and her parents pack her bags, at this point, Em has no choice but to return to her broken life. Years later, she suspects Constance is having an affair with Dean, gladiola Joe and Hyacinth are Finn’s great aunt and grandmother and sisters to one another. At one point, Hy goes to visit her husband in the hospitalHow to Make an American Quilt – How to Make an American Quilt
4. Proof (1991 film) – Proof is a 1991 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, and starring Hugo Weaving, Geneviève Picot and Russell Crowe. The film was released in Australia on 15 August 1991, the story concerns the tribulations of Martin, a blind photographer. Through a series of flashbacks, Martin is shown as a child, distrustful of his own mother and she tells him that someone is raking leaves, but he cant hear the sound and angrily decides she is lying to him. This childhood experience strongly affects Martin as an adult, as he anticipates that sighted people will take advantage of his blindness to lie to him, or worse yet, pity him. He has become a resentful, vaguely bitter person who spends his days taking some photographs of the world around him and he uses these photographs and the Braille descriptions before he stamps on them as proof that the world around him really is as others describe it to him. He also takes secret pleasure in rebuking the romantic advances of Celia, Martin keeps Celia around because her love and hatred of him means he knows she cant pity him. One day Martin encounters Andy, and is pleased with the depth, the two become fast close friends, and Martin soon comes to trust him implicitly. The jealous Celia is threatened by Andys increasing presence in Martins life and she seduces Andy, and Martin catches the two in the act, before Andy reluctantly lies to him about it. Celia recognizes this opportunity to foil Martin yet again, and sets up a series of events leading Martin to discover Andys dishonesty, Martin is devastated and plunged into a deep despair, and breaks off his friendship with Andy. Later on, Andy confronts him, and tries to him that everyone has flaws. People lie, he tells Martin, but not all the time, Martin doesnt respond, but is swayed by Andys impassioned words. Near the storys conclusion, Martin decides to fire Celia, despite his openness she is extremely angry that her efforts have gone to waste, and when asked to return her key to Martins house, she throws it in the sink. Finally, Martin asks Andy to describe one last photo for him, Andy does so, knowing nothing of its significance. It is a photo of the garden from Martins childhood, taken moments after his mother described it on that fateful day, however, Andys detailed description includes the iconic man raking leaves Martins mother told him about, that he had rejected for all these years. This revelation provides Martin with his proof, and emotional release, cinema of Australia Russell Crowe filmography Proof at the Internet Movie Database Proof at the National Film and Sound ArchiveProof (1991 film) – Film poster
5. A Thousand Acres (film) – A Thousand Acres is a 1997 American drama film directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Robards. It is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the name by Jane Smiley. The character of Larry Cook corresponds to the character of that play, while the characters of Ginny, Rose and Caroline represent Lears daughters Goneril, Regan. The dramatic catalyst in both works is the division of the estate among his three offspring, causing bitter rivalry and ultimately leading to tragedy. Larry Cook, a prosperous Iowa farmer, decides to retire, Ginny and Rose happily accept the lucrative agreement to live and work on the farm but Caroline abandons farming for a law career in Des Moines and refuses to take part in the deal. Larry is consumed with rage and rejects Caroline, leaving Rose, however, as Larry loses touch with farming life, he begins to lose touch with reality, and his painful descent into senility leaves him bitterly opposed to his daughters ways of running the farm. The two women develop a strong extra-marital attachment to Jess, the handsome son of a neighboring farmer who is loyal to Larry. Paranoid and disillusioned, Larry decides to sue Rose and Ginny in an effort to regain his patriarchal control, the lawsuit divides the family forever, leaving Rose and Ginny to suffer alone while realizing painful truths about their childhood. Think obsessive-compulsive Lady Macbeth or Ophelia with a disorder. Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, A Thousand Acres is an ungainly, undigested assembly of womens issues, milling about within a half-baked retread of King Lear. The screenplay is based on a novel by Jane Smiley, unread by me, desson Howe in the Washington Post wrote, That Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres would become a movie was inevitable. Another virtual certainty was its bowdlerization, without Smiley’s connecting prose, there’s nothing left but the melodrama. If there are any positives to point to, it would be Lange’s performance and her emotional battle to avoid harsh realities is sure to put her up for those big-time awards. It’s too bad she’s emoting away in an empty drama that - with all its narrative ellipses - should have been called A Hundred Acres. Its likewise regrettable that shes able to make so little use here of Leigh and Robards, Lange and Pfeiffer are well-matched and generally fare better, even though they too are circumscribed by the lackluster writing. The films standout perf, meanwhile, comes from Keith Carradine, mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, Imagine it. These great, blond, beautiful acting powerhouses, clashing and bonding and going for the throat, the scenes that could have been written. The movie that might have been made, too bad, then, that A Thousand Acres, the film version of Jane Smileys novel of the same name, should turn out to be a soap operaA Thousand Acres (film) – Theatrical release poster