Baz Luhrmann

Baz Luhrmann left auteurism behind with Australia (2008): I've rarely seen a more cynical exercise in making a movie to make a lot of money - not in Australia, anyway. But, before that, with the Red Curtain 'trilogy', Strictly Ballroom (1992), Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001) he not only demonstrated a unifying style and artistic creativity, but even something like a 'philosophy of life'. The Great Gatsby is just another Hollywood film.

Winter of our Dreams (John Duigan, 1981) prod. Richard Mason for Vega Film Productions, wr. John Duigan, dp Tom Cowan, design Lee Whitmore, ed. Henry Dangar; Judy Davis, Bryan Brown, Baz Luhrmann, Cathy Downes, Mervyn Drake, Zoe Lake, Mark Luhrman, Peter Mochrie; prostitute Davis falls for bookseller Brown; Eastman colour, 35mm, 90 min.

Dark Room, The (Paul Harmon, 1982) prod. Tom Haydon for Nadira, wr. Michael Brindlry, Paul Harmon, dp Paul Onorato, music Cameron Allen, design Richard Kent, ed. Rod Adamson; Alan Cassell, Anna Maria Monticelli, (as Anna Jemison), Svet Kovich, Diana Davidson, Rowena Wallace, Ric Hutton, Oriana Panozzo, Baz Luhrmann (walkon); slightly disturbed young amateur photographer finds that his father has been secretly having an affair with his co-worker; thus begins a spiral into blackmail, stalking, and voyeurism; Eastman colour, 35mm, 96 min.

Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann, 1992) dp Steve Mason; Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson, Gia Carides, Peter Whitford, Barry Otto, Antonio Vargas; 91 min.

Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann, 1996) aka William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann, 1996) dp Don McAlpine; Claire Danes, Leonardo di Caprio, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite; NOT Australasian

Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann, 2001) ed. Jill Bilcock; Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, John Leguizamo; 122 min.; AFIs 2001: editing ...

Australia (Baz Luhrmann, 2008) wr. Stuart Beattie; Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman

Great Gatsby, The (Baz Luhrmann, 2013) wr. F. Scott Fitzgerald (novel), Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce; US/Aust copro; Leonardo di Caprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Clarke, Jack Thompson


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