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Strictly Ballroom

Baz Luhrmann and partner Catherine Martin set feet a tapping 25 years ago with this bona fide Aussie classic

“Luhrmann, like many first-time directors, is intoxicated with the possibilities of the camera. ...what works is an exuberance that cannot be faked” - Roger Ebert,

This 1992 hit of the Cannes Film Festival is a spirited, allegorical musical about a young, competitive ballroom dancer who outrages his mother and the establishment by insisting on dancing his own provocative steps and taking on a new ugly-duckling partner who blooms under his tutelage. Ballet dancer Paul Mercurio shot to fame with this film, who is partnered by Tara Morice and supported by Barry Otto, Gia Carides and Bill Hunter.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, Hollywood soon came knocking on Baz Luhrmann's door, intoxicated by a certain type of razzle dazzle that had been absent from cinema for several decades. His bold, confident styling would bring a new perspective to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and revive the memory of the Moulin Rouge. Most recently Luhrmann has turned his attention to television and produced a number of high profile ad campaigns.

  • DIRECTOR: Baz Luhrmann
  • NONE: Baz Luhrmann
  • Duration: 94 mins
  • Country: Australia
  • Language: In English
  • Date: 1992
  • Format: DCP, Colour
  • Courtesy: Roadshow Public Performance Licencing
  • Source: Roadshow Public Performance Licencing
  • Rating: PG (Low level coarse language)


Event starts
Wednesday 29 November, 2017
Event Ends
Saturday 9 December, 2017
Venue Address
Federation Square, Flinders St

Victoria, Melbourne

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