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Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann (born 17 September
1962) is an Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated
Australian film director, screenwriter, and producer.
was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia,
to a ballroom dance teacher/dress shop owner mother,
and Leonard Luhrmann, a farmer. He was raised
in Herons Creek, a tiny rural settlement in northern
New South Wales, where his father ran a petrol
station and a movie theatre, both of which would
influence his son's filmmaking career. He attended
St. Joseph's Hasting Regional School, Port Macquarie
1975-1978 and Sydney Grammar School. He graduated
from St Augustines College in Sydney, after leaving
St Pauls College at the end of Year 10. His nickname
was given to him due to a perceived resemblance
to the character Basil Brush.
Luhrmann married Catherine Martin, the production
designer on all of his films, on 26 January 1997.
They have two children, Lillian Amanda Luhrmann
and William Alexander Luhrmann.
theatrical successes, including the original stage
version of "Strictly Ballroom", Luhrmann
moved into film, and has directed four so far:
Strictly Ballroom (1992), starring Paul Mercurio
and Tara Morice
Romeo + Juliet (1996), starring Leonardo DiCaprio
and Claire Danes
Moulin Rouge! (2001), starring Nicole Kidman and
Australia (2008), starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh
His first three films are now formally marketed
as 'The Red Curtain Trilogy'.
]Awards and nominations
Luhrmann received Directors Guild of America and
Golden Globe nominations for Best Director - Motion
Picture for his work on Moulin Rouge!, but did
not receive an Oscar nomination for directing
(Academy Award host Whoopi Goldberg joked "I
guess it just directed itself"). However
it did receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
Luhrmann is reported to be directing the film
version of the hit musical Wicked. It has also
been confirmed that he has acquired rights to
The Great Gatsby, which will be his next project.
Luhrmann has cited Italian grand opera as a major
influence on his work including Moulin Rouge!.
He has also listed other theatrical styles like
Bollywood films as having had an influence on
his work like Moulin Rouge!. Luhrmann was a ballroom
dancer as a child, and his mother taught ballroom
dancing, which was an inspiration for Strictly
A young Baz Luhrmann can be seen in an early acting
role in the 1981 film Winter of Our Dreams, directed
by John Duigan. Baz has a small part playing opposite
In 1990, Luhrmann staged his interpretation of
Benjamin Britten's version of A Midsummer Night's
Dream, set in colonial India, for the Australian
Opera. After successful seasons in Sydney and
Melbourne, the production went on to win the Critics'
Prize at the Edinburgh Festival. Music extracts
can be heard on his album Something for Everybody.
The CD, Something for Everybody, was released
in 1997 and features music from Luhrmann’s
films and operas. Including his version of Britten’s
A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In 2003 Luhrmann brought his production of Puccini's
La bohème to The Broadway Theatre in New
York City. Originally produced in Sydney in 1990,
once in New York it eventually garnered 7 Tony
Award Nominations, including Best Revival of a
Musical, Best Direction (Luhrmann), Best Orchestrations
(Nicholas Kitsopoulos), Best Costume Design (Catherine
Martin) and won Best Set Design.(Catherine Martin),
Best Lighting Design (Nigel Levings), and the
special award for Excellence in Theater (Principal
In 2004, Baz Luhrmann directed a lavish multi-million-dollar
commercial for Chanel N° 5 titled N° 5
the Film, inspired by his Red Curtain trilogy,
starring Nicole Kidman and Rodrigo Santoro. Luhrmann
told interviewer Charlis Rose on Charlie Rose
that he based the commercial on the 1953 film
Luhrmann is also credited with a 1999 UK number
one single, released by EMI's Catalogue division
entitled "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)".
He directed a video for John Paul Young's Love
is in the Air which was re-released to coincide
with the release of Strictly Ballroom (in which
the song was featured prominently).
He assisted in the election campaign of former
Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating in 1993.
Luhrmann was appointed an Ambassador for the Australian
Theatre for Young People in 2005.
In 2008, he was tasked by prime minister Kevin
Rudd to make new ads to promote Australia as a
tourist destination. (Credit: Wikipedia).
Producers and Directors
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