Strictly Ballroom

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Strictly Ballroom is a 1992 film written by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce and directed by Luhrmann.

Strictly Ballroom is a romantic comedy telling the story of an Australian ballroom dancer, Scott Hastings. Having come from a family with a history of ballroom dancing, Scott has been training since childhood and has become very proficient. However, he encounters considerable resistance when he tries to dance his own steps in preference to the more traditional ballroom moves. His dancing partner Liz leaves him, and he eventually finds a new dancing partner, and love, with dancing student Fran, who takes lessons from Scott's mother. At the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix, Scott and Fran overcome the odds and practically bring down the house dancing the Paso Doble, which they have learned from Fran's father and grandmother. A sub-plot involves Scott's investigation of his parents' hidden past.

The film plays with the idea of clichés and stereotypes, mocking and embracing them at the same time. Luhrmann has also commented that the film revolves around stories similar to David and Goliath and The Ugly Duckling, though whether he was merely commenting on the stories' similarities to the plotlines of the movie, or stating that the film was based on the stories, is unclear.

The film was an adaptation of an original, short play of the same name created by Luhrmann and first staged in 1986. At the end of 1988, Luhrmann was approached by producer Tristram Miall to transform his play into a movie.

Strictly Ballroom was a huge hit at the Cannes Film Festival, winning the Prix de Jeunesse award. It was sought after by distributors from across the world. Immediately after its showing at Cannes, it was sold to 86 countries for more than $10 million.

Luhrmann will bring a stage version of the film to life sometime in 2005, the director told Playbill.

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