Catherine Martin on creating Elvis with Baz Luhrmann: ‘You need a bit of conflict and tension’

With more Oscars than any other Australian, she's the queen of costume and production design – but dressing the King was a 'crazy beast'.

Tracing the remarkable life of Elvis Aaron Presley (Austin Butler) from his impoverished upbringing in Tupelo, Mississippi, through his glittering coronation as the King of Rock and Roll – stewarded by the opportunistic Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks) through to his tragic death on a bathroom floor, aged only 42, was always going to be a huge endeavour.

But if there’s anyone who can wrangle a modern-day mythology spanning four hair-tossing and groin-popping decades, then titan of the Australian film industry Catherine Martin is your woman.

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