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Winslet back in corset for new film

Kate Winslet has revealed how happy she was to be back in a corset and back using her English accent in her latest film role.

The Oscar winner plays a landscape gardener assigned to construct the gardens at Versailles in A Little Chaos, which also stars her Sense and Sensibility colleague Alan Rickman as King Louis XIV.

The Harry Potter actor also directs the film, after 17 years away from the movie director's chair.

Speaking on the red carpet at the film's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was the closing gala, Kate said: "It was wonderful working with Alan. It's been 20 years since Alan and I worked together on Sense and Sensibility when I was 19, I'm going to be 40 next year so it really is a very long time.

"It was one of the things that excited me the most, to experience him as a director rather than as an actor. He is obviously an incredible actor and we all know that, and that voice! I have friends who say they could listen to him all day and so could I, who couldn't?"

Kate added that is was Alan's level of preparedness that got them through a challenging shoot. "It was a really tough shoot and Alan was so prepared for it. It's a period piece so there does need to be a lot of preparation and foundations laid so that you really walk in there and know what you are doing and I was very grateful for that level of preparation."

She added that returning to her roots was one of the most satisfying parts of the experience: "I had a wonderful time; it was a great opportunity to play an English person, which I haven't done for years, and to get back in a corset, which I hadn't done in years again. It was a lovely experience."

A Little Chaos will premiere in the UK during the London Film Festival and will be widely released in 2015.

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