The producers gave me a two-week trial, so Baz and I went away and wrote like maniacs. Strictly Ballroom had its first public screening at midnight in the Un Certain Regard programme and proved to be an instant hit—the cast and crew received a fifteen-minute standing ovation, which was repeated the following night; it became one of the major hits of the festival, winning the Prix De Jeunesse and triggering a bidding war among international distributors.
It was just after Moulin that Baz took a ride on the Trans Siberian Express to have a personal debrief. Luhrmann has also commented that the film revolves around stories similar to David and GoliathCinderella and The Ugly Duckling.
The screenplay was very rough and we were nervous about their reaction. People either hated or loved him. It is a book full of glorious, golden, fractured, pop-culture energy.
He was told to replace Luhrmann, but he refused, promising to make further cuts. It was a disaster; we were performing a different show at night and had to rewrite Strictly as we rehearsed.
I ended up on a series of two-week trials for 18 months, until the film started shooting. He hired me as an actor and wanted to expand Strictly into a full-length piece.
It begins as a mockumentary, characters directly addressing the audience. We just hope they like the film. So we moved to the Ace Hotelwhich is in a building in the garment district.
The only "bankable names" in the cast were Barry Otto and screen veteran Bill Hunterand although co-star Paul Mercurio was well known as a dancer through his work with the Sydney Dance CompanyStrictly Ballroom was his first acting role.
It provided a springboard to bigger things for the former opera director on a mission to shower audiences with style and spectacle. The crowd leapt cheering to its feet; a standing ovation that only finished as we literally danced out of the cinema.
No one expected the shows to be earth-shattering — at least not until Baz and seven other students created a minute show set in the world of ballroom dancing Baz had been involved with ballroom when he was a kid. So we had to decide, did Nick want to be a writer when he came to New York?
It was a fantastic resource for us and, later, the actors, because it has a lot of dialogue and character background that Fitzgerald cut from the final draft. Then we gave each bit a name, such as: Scott Fitzgerald so famously denounced.
The first thing we did was read The Great Gatsby aloud to each other.It’s with Baz that I’ve also written the screenplays for Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet. Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce working together in New York (Bazmark Inq Luhrmann, Baz.
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