Screen cap from promotional trailer
form y Strictly Ballroom single work   film/TV   humour  
Adaptation of Strictly Ballroom Baz Luhrmann Andrew Bovell 1986 single work drama
Note: Screenplay by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce, from a play by Baz Luhrmann and Andrew Bovell, from an original idea by Baz Luhrmann.
Issue Details: First known date: 1992 1992
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A light-hearted look at the politics and intrigue of competitive ballroom dancing, the storyline focuses on Scott Hastings, who, his ambitious mother Shirley believes, will become champion with his current partner Liz. When Scott tries to introduce his own steps into their routine (against Pan-Pacific Championship rules), Liz leaves him for a rival partner. Without a partner, Scott eventually agrees to dance with Fran, a shy student at the academy run by his mother. When he meets her father and grandmother, Scott leans how to put passion into his movements, especially through the paso doble. In a last ditch effort to see her son become the Pan-Pacific Champion, Shirley convinces him to partner Tina Sparkle, which he reluctantly does. When he finally realises what he has done, he implores Fran to partner him. When they are disqualified from the competition, the audience (led by Scott's father, Barry) gives them a standing ovation and Scott and Fran go on to perform their version of the paso doble.

[Source: Australian Screen]

Adaptations

Strictly Ballroom : The Musical Baz Luhrmann , Craig Pearce , 2014 single work musical theatre

Notes

  • Study guides available.
  • Other formats: Also braille.

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Works about this Work

Where Did Baz Luhrman Go Wrong? Luke Davies , 2016 single work biography
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 127 2016; (p. 60-61)
'The article presents a brief profile of Sydney director Baz Luhrmann, while mentioning his working for films including "Strictly Ballroom" and "Romeo + Juliet" and also mentions his working in the film "Moulin Rouge!."' (Publication abstract)
Films Flicker Back to Life 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 30 August 2015; (p. 29)
Stepping Out : Behind the Scenes of Strictly Ballroom Ruth Hessey , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Baz Luhrmann : Interviews 2014;
More Than Romance Colors Strictly Ballroom Peter Brunette , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Baz Luhrmann : Interviews 2014;
It Isn't Like We're Lacking Inspiration in Our Books and Music : What's Happened to Great Aussie Movies? Nicolle Flint , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 23 September 2014; (p. 22)
Strictly Ballroom : Rewatching Classic Australian Films Luke Buckmaster , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 3 February 2014;

— Review of Strictly Ballroom Baz Luhrmann Craig Pearce 1992 single work film/TV
Baz's Brilliance Shines At Aussie Box Office 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14 August 2013; (p. 12)
Luhrmann Has Vision to Create Soundtracks Strictly Under His Own Influence Christine Sams , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 May 2013; (p. 32-33)
y Baz Luhrmann Pam Cook , London New York (City) : Palgrave Macmillan , 2012 Z1868605 2012 single work biography 'This is the first major book-length study of the work of Australian film-maker Baz Luhrmann, one of the most exciting and controversial personalities working in World Cinema today. Luhrmann's reputation as an innovator rests on the evidence of the three films known as the Red Curtain Trilogy: Strictly Ballroom (1992), William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001), which together demonstrate the development of a highly distinctive style and brand.

Pam Cook, who was given unprecedented access to the Luhrmann private archives, explores the genesis of the Red Curtain aesthetic, from Luhrmann's early experience in theatre and opera to his collaborative working methods and unique production set-up. Drawing on in-depth interviews with Luhrmann and his chief collaborator, designer Catherine Martin, she traces the roots of their work in an increasingly globalised Australian film culture, investigating the relationship of their company Bazmark to the Hollywood studio Twentieth Century-Fox, and the influences on their style and production methods. At the book's heart are substantial analyses of the spectacular Red Curtain films and the historical epic Australia (2008). This lively and original study of one of contemporary cinema's most fascinating figures will appeal to film scholars, cultural historians and Luhrmann enthusiasts alike.' (Publisher's blurb)
'Reffos, Wogs and Dagoes' : The Immigration Experience in Post-World War II Australia Susan Jacobowitz , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lemuria , vol. 3 no. 2010; (p. 110-126)
Strictly Ballroom To Dance from Silver Screen to the Stage 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 25 September 2010; (p. 5)
Iconic Moments in Cinema : Australia, Part 1 : [Strictly Ballroom] Darragh O’Donoghue , 2008-2009 single work review
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , no. 49 2008-2009;

— Review of Strictly Ballroom Baz Luhrmann Craig Pearce 1992 single work film/TV
Head On: Multicultural Representations of Australian Identity in 1990s National Cinema James Bennett , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , vol. 1 no. 1 2007; (p. 61-78)
'Suffused with a sense that earlier filmic imaginings of Australian identity were "beginning to look threadbare" (Turner 1994a: 68), 1990s Australian cinema provides a key site for the examination of Australian identity in multicultural terms. Drawing on the work of Ghassan Hage (1998, 2003), Stuart Hall (1990, 1993) and Daniel Nourry (2005), this article investigates how notions of Australian identity in a multicultural society are played out (and with) by Australian cinema of the 1990s. Particular attention is paid to Head On (Kokkinos, 1998) and Strictly Ballroom (Lurhmann, 1992), as examples of different approaches to this issue. Enlisting a Bakhtinian approach, whereby identity is conceived in terms of "thinking from the margins", I argue that whilst films such as Strictly Ballroom enlist a "good multiculturalism" to extend, through tolerance, the boundaries of Australian identity to the Other, Head On provides a way of thinking about Australian-ness that refuses to simply assimilate or incorporate its Greek-Australian protagonist. By co-opting the audience to a position on the margins of society, Head On opens up a notion of Australian identity that is not only or simply hybrid, but also never finally fixed (Hall 1990).

Source: Studies in Australasian Cinema 1.1 (2007): 61. (Sighted 01/09/2009).

y 'Strictly Ballroom' Lana Camporeale , Perth : Centre for Research in Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) , 2004 Z1668022 2004 single work criticism Research undertaken by a student of the Centre for Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) into Strictly Ballroom (1992). Includes aspects relating to the production phase, critical reception, principal performers and production crew, references and a synopsis.
Translations of the Flesh : International Relations as Romantic Comedy in Recent Australian and British Film Arthur Lindley , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , September - October no. 28 2003;
'From Crocodile Dundee to Hugh Grant, how are the misadventures and rapprochements of characters from different countries used to convey larger, political meanings?' (Publisher's abstract)
form y Behind the Red Curtain Baz Luhrmann , Sydney : Bazmark Films , 2002 Z1668190 2002 single work film/TV An interactive 'behind the scenes' documentary, Behind the Red Curtain, gives director Baz Luhrmann an opportunity to provide insight into the making of Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet and Strictly Ballroom. Included is a tour of the unique space where he and his team work. One featurette, "Toulouse Tonight" is hosted by John Leguizamo (as Toulouse). In another, "Dubsy's Dirt" is presented by Luhrmann's personal assistant. The final scripts for all three films can be accessed, as are other Bazmark productions - a performance of "The Sunscreen Song" (by Lee Perry), and the music video clip "Now Until the Break of Day." The DVD also includes weblinks.
y A Student's Guide to Strictly Ballroom Richard McRoberts , Marcia Pope , Ballarat : Wizard Books , 2001 Z1612221 2001 single work criticism
Culture of Difference Damien Cassar , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , September-October no. 9 2000;

— Review of Strictly Ballroom Baz Luhrmann Craig Pearce 1992 single work film/TV
Strictly Baz Muriel Reddy , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 10 April 1994; (p. 5)
Untitled Jonathan Dawson , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 25 1994; (p. 201-204)

— Review of Strictly Ballroom Baz Luhrmann Craig Pearce 1992 single work film/TV
'...Not Always Strictly Ballroom...' Kerryn Goldsworthy , 1992-1993 single work review
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , December/January no. 2 1992-1993; (p. 44-46)

— Review of Strictly Ballroom Baz Luhrmann Craig Pearce 1992 single work film/TV
Iconic Moments in Cinema : Australia, Part 1 : [Strictly Ballroom] Darragh O’Donoghue , 2008-2009 single work review
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , no. 49 2008-2009;

— Review of Strictly Ballroom Baz Luhrmann Craig Pearce 1992 single work film/TV
Culture of Difference Damien Cassar , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , September-October no. 9 2000;

— Review of Strictly Ballroom Baz Luhrmann Craig Pearce 1992 single work film/TV
Untitled Jonathan Dawson , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 25 1994; (p. 201-204)

— Review of Strictly Ballroom Baz Luhrmann Craig Pearce 1992 single work film/TV
Strictly Ballroom : Rewatching Classic Australian Films Luke Buckmaster , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 3 February 2014;

— Review of Strictly Ballroom Baz Luhrmann Craig Pearce 1992 single work film/TV
y A Student's Guide to Strictly Ballroom Richard McRoberts , Marcia Pope , Ballarat : Wizard Books , 2001 Z1612221 2001 single work criticism
Head On: Multicultural Representations of Australian Identity in 1990s National Cinema James Bennett , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , vol. 1 no. 1 2007; (p. 61-78)
'Suffused with a sense that earlier filmic imaginings of Australian identity were "beginning to look threadbare" (Turner 1994a: 68), 1990s Australian cinema provides a key site for the examination of Australian identity in multicultural terms. Drawing on the work of Ghassan Hage (1998, 2003), Stuart Hall (1990, 1993) and Daniel Nourry (2005), this article investigates how notions of Australian identity in a multicultural society are played out (and with) by Australian cinema of the 1990s. Particular attention is paid to Head On (Kokkinos, 1998) and Strictly Ballroom (Lurhmann, 1992), as examples of different approaches to this issue. Enlisting a Bakhtinian approach, whereby identity is conceived in terms of "thinking from the margins", I argue that whilst films such as Strictly Ballroom enlist a "good multiculturalism" to extend, through tolerance, the boundaries of Australian identity to the Other, Head On provides a way of thinking about Australian-ness that refuses to simply assimilate or incorporate its Greek-Australian protagonist. By co-opting the audience to a position on the margins of society, Head On opens up a notion of Australian identity that is not only or simply hybrid, but also never finally fixed (Hall 1990).

Source: Studies in Australasian Cinema 1.1 (2007): 61. (Sighted 01/09/2009).

y 'Strictly Ballroom' Lana Camporeale , Perth : Centre for Research in Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) , 2004 Z1668022 2004 single work criticism Research undertaken by a student of the Centre for Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) into Strictly Ballroom (1992). Includes aspects relating to the production phase, critical reception, principal performers and production crew, references and a synopsis.
form y Behind the Red Curtain Baz Luhrmann , Sydney : Bazmark Films , 2002 Z1668190 2002 single work film/TV An interactive 'behind the scenes' documentary, Behind the Red Curtain, gives director Baz Luhrmann an opportunity to provide insight into the making of Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet and Strictly Ballroom. Included is a tour of the unique space where he and his team work. One featurette, "Toulouse Tonight" is hosted by John Leguizamo (as Toulouse). In another, "Dubsy's Dirt" is presented by Luhrmann's personal assistant. The final scripts for all three films can be accessed, as are other Bazmark productions - a performance of "The Sunscreen Song" (by Lee Perry), and the music video clip "Now Until the Break of Day." The DVD also includes weblinks.
'Reffos, Wogs and Dagoes' : The Immigration Experience in Post-World War II Australia Susan Jacobowitz , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lemuria , vol. 3 no. 2010; (p. 110-126)
Strictly Ballroom To Dance from Silver Screen to the Stage 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 25 September 2010; (p. 5)
Translations of the Flesh : International Relations as Romantic Comedy in Recent Australian and British Film Arthur Lindley , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , September - October no. 28 2003;
'From Crocodile Dundee to Hugh Grant, how are the misadventures and rapprochements of characters from different countries used to convey larger, political meanings?' (Publisher's abstract)
y Baz Luhrmann Pam Cook , London New York (City) : Palgrave Macmillan , 2012 Z1868605 2012 single work biography 'This is the first major book-length study of the work of Australian film-maker Baz Luhrmann, one of the most exciting and controversial personalities working in World Cinema today. Luhrmann's reputation as an innovator rests on the evidence of the three films known as the Red Curtain Trilogy: Strictly Ballroom (1992), William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001), which together demonstrate the development of a highly distinctive style and brand.

Pam Cook, who was given unprecedented access to the Luhrmann private archives, explores the genesis of the Red Curtain aesthetic, from Luhrmann's early experience in theatre and opera to his collaborative working methods and unique production set-up. Drawing on in-depth interviews with Luhrmann and his chief collaborator, designer Catherine Martin, she traces the roots of their work in an increasingly globalised Australian film culture, investigating the relationship of their company Bazmark to the Hollywood studio Twentieth Century-Fox, and the influences on their style and production methods. At the book's heart are substantial analyses of the spectacular Red Curtain films and the historical epic Australia (2008). This lively and original study of one of contemporary cinema's most fascinating figures will appeal to film scholars, cultural historians and Luhrmann enthusiasts alike.' (Publisher's blurb)
Strictly Baz Muriel Reddy , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 10 April 1994; (p. 5)
Luhrmann Has Vision to Create Soundtracks Strictly Under His Own Influence Christine Sams , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 May 2013; (p. 32-33)
Baz's Brilliance Shines At Aussie Box Office 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14 August 2013; (p. 12)
Stepping Out : Behind the Scenes of Strictly Ballroom Ruth Hessey , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Baz Luhrmann : Interviews 2014;
More Than Romance Colors Strictly Ballroom Peter Brunette , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Baz Luhrmann : Interviews 2014;
It Isn't Like We're Lacking Inspiration in Our Books and Music : What's Happened to Great Aussie Movies? Nicolle Flint , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 23 September 2014; (p. 22)
Films Flicker Back to Life 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 30 August 2015; (p. 29)
Where Did Baz Luhrman Go Wrong? Luke Davies , 2016 single work biography
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 127 2016; (p. 60-61)
'The article presents a brief profile of Sydney director Baz Luhrmann, while mentioning his working for films including "Strictly Ballroom" and "Romeo + Juliet" and also mentions his working in the film "Moulin Rouge!."' (Publication abstract)

Awards

1993 Winner New South Wales State Literary Awards Script Writing Award
1993 Nominated International Awards British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards Best Screenplay - Adapted
1992 Winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Original Screenplay Best Screenplay - Original or Adapted
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