In 1926, within the Australian metropolis of stripes, Stewart Prettyman schoolboy dies in suspicious circumstances. The solely witness to his loss of life is Dunnage Myrtle colleague who’s branded as criminals and banished from town for the boy’s father, a core member of society, Evan Pettyman. 25 years later, Myrtle, turned an achieved seamstress who modified his identify to Tilly (Kate Winslet), returns to his hometown to care for his or her sick mom. How come she is met by native cop Horatio Farr (Hugo Weaving).
Tilly returns dwelling and sees that her mom is mentally unwell, which gave her the nickname of “Molly loopy” from the villagers. Unable to recollect the occasions of 1926 alone, Tilly asks her mom in regards to the boy’s dying as a result of she thinks that day has left it with a curse. Molly, nonetheless, claims he knew nothing concerning the incident. The complete city is instantly alerted Tilly’s return, but in addition that of William Beaumont (James Mackay), son of wealthy and snobbish Elsbeth Beaumont (Caroline Goodall).
Gertrude Pratt (Sarah Snook), daughter of the native store homeowners, William loves however doesn’t belief her to inform her how he feels. The entire city gathers a sport and everyone seems to be shocked when he sees Tilly appeared in a crimson costume that distract gamers. Teddy McSwiney (Liam Hemsworth) and she or he accepts his consideration to vary. Once he takes a black gown, however equally difficult, Tilly offers him her card’s Gertrude, providing to carve her a particular gown for a dance.