Strictly Ballroom is the movie that kicked off Baz (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge) Luhrmann’s career as the creator of lavish, sparkling, colourful, dance-filled movies, and it had its Australian premiere on the 20th of August 1992.
I remember all of the fuss the ballroom dancing community made when it came out – there was a distinct lack of a sense of humour! Some of it actually seems tame compared to real ballroom dancing nowadays!
The film stars Tara Morice and Paul Mercurio. I have a bunch of ties to Mercurio. Two years before the movie was released he choreographed a contemporary ballet for the company I was performing with. He was a young father just retired from his dance career, and my mother was the only person available to babysit.
Four years after the movie was released, he introduced my family when we were featured on Australian Story.
Strictly Ballroom was such an iconic film of the 1990s, and it’s still so much fun to watch.