The film that launched Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin onto the world stage is a flurry of feathers and sequins, eminently quotable and as much fun as the first time you saw it.
'Strictly Ballroom is one of the most popular Australian films ever made. A smash hit on home soil and a considerable success everywhere else it was released, Baz Luhrmann’s debut ranks 6th on the all-time box-office chart for Australian movies with a domestic gross of $21.76 million (March 2008 figures). Evolved from a 30-minute play Luhrmann first devised and staged in 1986, the story of a young rebel triumphing over conservative old fuddy-duddies is nothing new but the execution is so colourful and eccentric it hardly matters. With the crucial contributions of costume designer Angus Strathie, production designer Catherine Martin, choreographer John 'Cha Cha’ O’Connell and cinematographer Steve Mason, Luhrmann creates a universe in which only dance exists.' - Richard Kuipers, australianscreen.
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Portraits of performers Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice and Barry Otto by photographer Philip Le Masurier taken on the set of Strictly Ballroom (1992) feature in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, 10 November 2017 to 4 March 2018.