Strictly Ballroom

Strictly Ballroom

(1992)

A life lived in fear... is a life half lived.

The offbeat romantic comedy that introduced the talents of Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann. This is the first in Luhrmann's 'Red Curtain trilogy' - followed by Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!. The story follows a maverick dancer (Paul Mercurio) who ditches the accepted rules of ballroom dancing to create his own style and choreography - a step which infuriates the dancing establishment.... More

Adapted from a stageplay conceived by Luhrman while studying at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Strictly Ballroom was a winner at the Cannes and Toronto film festivals, at the BAFTAs and the Australian Film Institute Awards.Hide

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  • Fluff it may well be, but a more entertaining and engaging piece of fluff you'd be hard pushed to find. Full Review

  • Crucially, the film's enormous charm is never rammed down the throat, but acknowledged for the calculating ploy it is, with a winning, ironic wink. Full Review

  • Bright, breezy and immensely likable musical comedy, a remarkably confident film debut. Full Review

  • [This] is, in short, pure corn. But it's corn that has been overlaid with a buoyant veneer of spangles and marabou, and with a tireless sense of fun. Full Review

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