Baz Luhrmann

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Considered one of the most innovative filmmakers working at the turn of the 21st Century, Australian Baz Luhrmann earned that title after having completed only three of his unmistakably stylized, visual gems. Luhrmann ... Read more »
Born: 09/17/1962 in Sydney, New South Wales, AU

Filmography

Actor (12)

Crazy About Tiffany's 2016 (Movie)

(Himself)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

The First Monday in May 2016 (Movie)

(Himself)

Dancing With the Stars 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Long Way Round 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

18th Annual American Cinematheque Award 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI Awards 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Performer

The Highest Honor - A True Story 1984 (Movie)

Able Seaman A W Huston (Actor)

The Winter of Our Dreams 1982 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

The Show Must Go on (TV Show)

Actor
Director (7)

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Director

Australia 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Romeo + Juliet 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

La Boheme 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director

Strictly Ballroom 1993 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (6)

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Australia 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Australia 2008 (Movie)

(Story By)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Romeo + Juliet 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Strictly Ballroom 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (4)

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Australia 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Romeo + Juliet 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (3)

Australia 2008 (Movie)

(Music)

Australia 2008 (Movie)

"Flynn's Aria" (Song)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

("Zidler's Rap (Medley--contains 'Lady Marmalade' 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' 'Because We Can')" "The Pitch (Medley--contains 'Can Can' 'Sound of Music' 'Your Song')" "Le Tango du Moulin Rouge" "Fool to Believe") (Song)

Biography

Considered one of the most innovative filmmakers working at the turn of the 21st Century, Australian Baz Luhrmann earned that title after having completed only three of his unmistakably stylized, visual gems. Luhrmann found equal measures of detractors and champions for "Strictly Ballroom" (1992), "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet" (1996) and "Moulin Rouge!" (2001), all of which adhered to a specific style developed by Luhrmann and his collaborators that he dubbed "the Red Curtain." His films relied on simple plots with predictable outcomes but the world he created was one of heightened reality - visually rich with devices like dance, iambic pentameter or characters bursting out in song to drive the story. As Luhrmann grew more secure in his position as director and as his budgets increased with each picture, his camera and editing merged into a sort of helter-skelter, hellzapoppin' style that blended the emotional and p tic in new and revolutionary ways.

Relationships

Leonard Luhrmann

Father
Served in the Navy in Vietnam later ran a petrol station and a movie theatre divorced from Luhrmann's mother died of cancer in November 1999

Lillian Luhrmann

Daughter
Born October 10, 2003 mother, Catherine Martin

William Luhrmann

Son
Born June 8, 2005 mother, Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin

Wife
Met when they were students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art married January 26, 1997 works as the production designer on all of his films won two Academy Awards (Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design) for Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!" (2001)

EDUCATION

National Institute of Dramatic Art

Attended with wife in the mid-1980s

Milestones

2008

Wrote, produced and directed the Australian period epic, "Australia" starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman

2004

Directed a lavish multi-million-dollar commercial for Chanel N° 5 titled, "N° 5 the Film" and starring Nicole Kidman and Rodrigo Santoro

2003

Staged "La Boheme" on Broadway; based on his 1990 Australian Opera set in 1950s Paris

2001

Directed and co-wrote (with Pearce) the Academy Award winning musical, "Moulin Rouge!" starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman

1998

Produced the compilation album, Baz Luhrmann Presents ... Something for Everyone

1997

Founded Bazmark Inq. with wife and collaborator, Catherine Martin

1996

Directed and co-scripted (with Pearce) the modern adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo + Juliet" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes

1992

Made feature directing and screenwriting debut with "Strictly Ballroom"; based on the original short play created by Luhrmann, Bovell and Pearce

1992

Directed "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for the Australian Opera

1990

Directed Puccini's "La Boheme" for the Australian Opera; reset story in 20th-century Paris (aired on PBS' "Great Performances" in 1994)

1988

Staged a revised and expanded version of "Strictly Ballroom" that toured Australia

1987

Formed the theatre group called the Six Years Old Company

1986

Devised and staged a 30-minute theatrical version of "Strictly Ballroom"

1985

Selected to observe director Peter Brook working on the production of "The Mahabarata"

1983

Played featured role in the Australian TV docudrama "Kids of the Cross"; final acting role in a feature

1982

Began working on the stage production about competitive ballroom dancing, "Strictly Ballroom" with Andrew Bovell and Craig Pearce

1982

Had a small role in "The Highest Honor - A True Story"

1981

Made early film appearance in "Winter of Our Dreams" opposite Judy Davis

Raised in a small town in New South Wales, Australia

Bonus Trivia

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Luhrmann's father gave him the nickname 'Baz'

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His production company is called BazMark Productions.

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Ewan McGregor describing working with Luhrmann on "Moulin Rouge!" (2001): "It's been a f*ckin' amazing experience. He seeks perfection, he's so precise, he pushes you and pushes you. And he works like a dog." - quoted in "Bohemian Rhapsody" by David Jenkins in The Daily Telegraph, Nov. 13, 2000

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Luhrmann described "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) to London's The Sunday Times (May 6, 2001): "Without an iota of exaggeration, this film - personally, emotionally and creatively - tested me to my outer limit. Simply and easily the most difficult thing I have ever made."

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On why he stopped acting after attending drama school: "I gave up everything that I had felt instinctively and started to learn all over again, and it killed me. I had a total breakdown. I gave up school eventually and went back to my own thing - basically, imagining and storytelling." - Luhrmann to London's The Sunday Times, May 13, 2001

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