Strictly Ballroom - an Australian film directed by Baz Lluhrmann
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Strictly Ballroom
Australian - 1992
Baz Luhrmann - Director


The obsessively competitive world of championship ballroom dancing is presented in this hilarious film about a young man's quest to win the "Pan Pacific Grand Prix Championship".  Groomed from the age of six by his mother (played delightfully "over-the-top" by Pat Thompson), Scott Hastings loves the dance but feels increasingly restricted by the strict ruling force that is the ADF (Australian Dance Federation).  He longs to create his own steps and express himself through dance, the only medium he knows, but is roundly criticized by everyone for deviating from the rules of this bizarre little world.  He loses his long-time partner (we thought she looked like a tiny version of "Bob's Big Boy") and finds himself preparing for the most important competition of his life with a new, clumsy, plain-jane partner.  Who cares if we can all see that a transformation of Pygmalion proportions is imminent?  It's such fun to check out the make-up and costumes!

We are surprised that this film did not receive more acclaim, although it was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1994.  We consider this film to be a "must see" for drag queens of all sexes!

Runtime: 94 minutes


Guest Comments

From:  "chickiebabe"

"the best movie ever our dance group quotes lines and watches every chance we get and it portrays ballroom dance so well. and we've all learn more by just watching it."


From:  "dancing girl"  

"Strictly Ballroom is the best movie ever :)","Watching Strictly Ballroom for me was like falling in love. I felt a tremendous sense of renewal. The first time I saw it I was ten years old and taking Jazz Dancing at the local Dance Studio.  This film taught me that a life lived in fear really is a life half lived. I could really relate to Fran because
at that time I was going through a very tough time in my life. Thank you Baz Luhrmann!   Love, DP-Seattle"


From:  "Purple"  

"It's a great film. It helps that Scott is very sexy!!!!!"


From:  "laalaa"  

"i loved this movie!! scott is hot and his mother is a psyco!  the costumes, make-up and dances make this film one of australias best!"


From:  "Adolesent conflict"

"There are many issues over adolesent conflict rased in this film ( scott hastings and the dance federation) and many more like ( frans background and scott's) this film is more about what people are growing up with.
this movie is a optimistic movie with style class and many issues raised what a great movie!"


From:  "Daisy!"  

"Strictly Ballroom is the best Australian film I have ever watched! Paul Mercurio is such a babe! I loved the all the costumes, make-up and the hair doos! This film makes you want to get up and start dancing! hehe. Cheers!"


From:  "dame4"  

"this movie is just tops, it isn't really the dancing that does it for me, or the awesome sense of humor, but the celebration of cultures coming together as one. it really does represent australia as a multicultural nation."


From:  "Bodiccai"  

"This movie is great. I am not a gay man and i love it anyways and so do all my friends..it should have done better in awards..scott hastings is a god and fran is powerful and strong while still being delicate and beautiful. I now own it and watch it often..thank you buz luhrman."


From:  "Ron Arostegui"

"When I heard the reviews of this movie in the SF Chronical, I had to see it...But i missed the first showing...on my way to Australia, I got to see it to my surprise...it was a red eye flight, but i stayed up late to see it...when it ended, i wanted to dance in the aisles..for the ones who stayed up, I saw all there smiles....I loved that movie...I even took ballroom dance lessons...My girlfriend liked it because she said I looked like the star."


From:  "Jangles"

"This movie was and still is the best movie I have ever seen. I never knew about it til this year when my English teacher showed it in her class. For some reason I can really relate to it..I don't know why. There is no one that'll watch this movie that won't be in a good mood when it's over. I also thought this film did the greatest job in turning Fran from such an ""ugly duckling"" to how pretty she was in the end. GREAT JOB!!!!"


From:  "Fran"

"This is the most fantastic movie ever made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"


From:  "Isela, mexican"

"Wow! This is the one the best movies I've ever seen, the plot was great, all the actors, specially Paul Mercurio. It is just great. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!"


From: "Kays"

"I just loved this movie! It was great! Especially Paul Mercurio
and Tara Morice. They were just splendid in this movie and did
make a combo!"

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