Mark Anthony Luhrmann
17 September 1962
Sydney, Australia [1 ]
Film director, screenwriter, producer
Catherine Martin (1997–present); 2 children
Mark Anthony " Baz" Luhrmann ( ; born 17 September 1962) is an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer best known for [2 ] , comprising his romantic comedy film The Red Curtain Trilogy (1992), the romantic drama Strictly Ballroom (1996), and the pastiche-jukebox musical Romeo + Juliet (2001). His 2008 film Moulin Rouge! is an epic historical romantic drama film starring Australia Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. His 2013 drama , based on The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. [3 ]
Personal life [ edit ]
Luhrmann was born in Sydney. His mother, Barbara Carmel (née Brennan), was a ballroom dance teacher and dress shop owner, and his father, Leonard Luhrmann, ran a petrol station and a movie theatre.
[4 ] [5 ] He was raised in [6 ] Herons Creek, a tiny rural settlement in northern New South Wales. He attended St Joseph's Hastings Regional School, Port Macquarie (1975–1978); St Paul's College, Manly, performing in the school's version of Shakespeare's , and Henry IV, Part 1 Narrabeen High School, where he met future collaborator Craig Pearce.
Luhrmann received the nickname "Baz" from his father Leonard.
He officially changed his given name from Mark to Baz sometime around 1979. [7 ] In 1983, he commenced an acting course at the [8 ] National Institute of Dramatic Art. He graduated in 1985 alongside Sonia Todd, Catherine McClements and Justin Monjo. On [9 ] 26 January 1997, he married Catherine Martin, a production designer; the couple have two children.
After theatrical successes, including the original stage version of
Strictly Ballroom, Luhrmann moved into film and has directed five so far:
The modern film interpretation
starring Romeo + Juliet Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes defeated at the BAFTAs for best direction, music and screenplay. The film was celebrated at the Berlin Film Festival where it was recognised with the Gold Bear award for direction and Silver Bear for DiCaprio's performance. Luhrmann also produced the successful soundtrack albums for the film which collectively went on to sell more than eight million copies worldwide. Titanic
(2001) was named one of the AFI's top ten films of 2001 Moulin Rouge! and in 2010 was chosen as the top film of the 2000s decade in a poll of 150,000 respondents in the United Kingdom. [10 ] The film also gave birth to a successful soundtrack album, selling more than seven million copies, led by the Grammy-winning number one hit single " [11 ] Lady Marmalade". [12 ]
Luhrmann's 2008 romantic epic
starred Australia Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. While achieving modest box office success in the United States, the film was very successful in Europe, maintaining the #1 slot at the box office for many weeks in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Scandinavian countries. It is the second-highest grossing Australian film of all time, next to [13 ] and ahead of "Crocodile" Dundee . Happy Feet [14 ]
Luhrmann's first three films are marketed as
. His latest film is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Red Curtain Trilogy , shot in 3D, The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio as [15 ] Jay Gatsby, Amitabh Bachchan as Meyer Wolfsheim, [16 ] Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan and Australian newcomer [17 ] Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker.
Television [ edit ]
Luhrmann at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Luhrmann is currently collaborating with award-winning playwright
Stephen Adly Guirgis on a Netflix series about the birth of The Get Down hip-hop in the 1970s. The series is scheduled to air in 2016 and will star [18 ] Jimmy Smits, Herizen Guardiola, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Yahya Abdul-Mateen and Mamoudou Athie. [19 ]
Acting and director credits [ edit ]
Director credits [ edit ]
Actor (Film) [ edit ]
Actor (Theatre) [ edit ]
Are You Lonesome Tonight? 1982
Performed at Nimrod Downstairs, Sydney. Directed by Peter Kingston.
Holiday Makers 1984
Performed at NIDA. Directed by
All's Well That Ends Well 1984
Performed at NIDA. Directed by Kevin Jackson.
Strictly Ballroom 1984; 1986
Performed at NIDA in 1984, and in
Bratislava in 1986; also directed.
Performed at NIDA. Directed by
Funeral Games 1985
Part of the
Hallucinogenics? 3 plays from the 60s event. Performed at NIDA. Directed by Egil Kipste.
Chamber Music 1985
Part of the
Hallucinogenics? 3 plays from the 60s event. Performed at NIDA. Directed by Ros Horin.
The Greeks 1985
The War, The Murders, The Gods. Performed at NIDA, and St Martin's Youth Arts Centre, Melbourne.
Once in a Lifetime 1985
Performed at NIDA. Directed by
Crocodile Creek 1986
Directed for the New Moon Theatre Company in
Rockhampton. Amateur musical production set in the Queensland goldfields.
The Conquest of the South Pole 1989
Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney. Directed by Jim Sharman.
Other work [ edit ]
1981: A young Luhrmann can be seen in an early acting role in the film , directed by Winter of Our Dreams John Duigan. Luhrmann has a small part playing opposite Judy Davis.
1992: Luhrmann directed a video for John Paul Young's "Love Is in the Air", which was rereleased to coincide with the release of Strictly Ballroom in which the song was featured prominently.
1993: Luhrmann staged his interpretation of Benjamin Britten's version of , set in colonial India, for the Australian Opera. After successful seasons in Sydney and Melbourne, the production went on to win the Critics' Prize at the A Midsummer Night's Dream Edinburgh Festival. Music extracts can be heard on his album . Something for Everybody
1993: Luhrmann assisted in the election campaign of former Australian prime minister Paul Keating.
1997: The CD of Something for Everybody was released, featuring music from Luhrmann's films and operas including his version of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. [20 ]
1999: As a music producer, Luhrmann is credited with a UK number one single, " Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)".
2003: Luhrmann brought his production of Puccini's to the Broadway Theatre in New York City. Originally produced for La bohème Opera Australia in Sydney in 1990, once in New York it eventually received seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction (Luhrmann), Best Orchestrations (Nicholas Kitsopoulos), Best Costume Design (Catherine Martin) and won Best Set Design (Catherine Martin), Best Lighting Design (Nigel Levings), and the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre for the Principal Ensemble Cast.
2004: Luhrmann directed a lavish multimillion-dollar commercial for Chanel N° 5 titled , inspired by his Red Curtain trilogy, starring Nicole Kidman and N° 5 the Film Rodrigo Santoro. On the interview show he told Rose that he based the commercial on the 1953 film Charlie Rose . Roman Holiday [21 ]
2005: Luhrmann was appointed an Ambassador for the Australian Theatre for Young People.
2008: Luhrmann was asked by the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, to make new advertisements to promote Australia as a tourist destination. [22 ]
2009: At the 81st Academy Awards in February, Luhrmann put together a number dedicated to musicals which consisted of Hugh Jackman, Beyoncé, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Dominic Cooper and Amanda Seyfried.
2009: In September, Luhrmann made an appearance as a guest judge on . Dancing with the Stars
2010: Luhrmann and the painter Vincent Fantauzzo embarked on an art initiative which took them to India, where they created artworks on walls of hotels, in the streets of Rajasthan and on 17th century forts. [23 ]
Collaborations [ edit ]
Luhrmann has cast certain actors in more than one of his films:
Influences [ edit ]
Luhrmann has cited
Italian grand opera as a major influence on his work and has also given a nod to other theatrical styles, such as Bollywood films, as having had an impact on his style. Luhrmann was a ballroom dancer as a child and his mother taught ballroom dancing which was an inspiration for Strictly Ballroom. Luhrmann's favourite films are , Star 80 , 8½ , War and Peace and Medium Cool . Fitzcarraldo [24 ]
Awards and honours [ edit ]
Directors Guild of America and Golden Globe nominations for Best Director – Motion Picture for his work on Moulin Rouge!, but did not receive an Oscar nomination for directing even though the film itself was nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture (Academy Award host Whoopi Goldberg joked "I guess it just directed itself." ).
AFI Awards, USA – 2002 – Nominated, AFI Film Award; AFI Movie of the Year for Moulin Rouge!
Academy Awards, USA – 2002 – Nominated, Oscar; Best Picture for Moulin Rouge!
Australian Film Institute / AACTA Awards –
Australians in Film –
2013 – Won, Orry-Kelly International Award Honoree
BAFTA Awards –
2002 – Nominated, Best Film for
Moulin Rouge!; Nominated, David Lean Award for Direction for Moulin Rouge!; Nominated, Best Screenplay, Original for Moulin Rouge!; 1998 – Won, David Lean Award for Direction for
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet; Won, Best Screenplay, Adapted for William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet; 1993 – Nominated, Best Screenplay Adapted for
Strictly Ballroom; Nominated – Best Film for Strictly Ballroom
Berlin International Film Festival – 1997 – Won, Alfred Bauer Prize for William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet; Nominated, Golden Berlin Bear for William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet [25 ]
Bodil Awards – 2002 – Nominated, Bodil, Best Non-American Film (Bedste ikke amerikanske film) for Moulin Rouge! Bogota Film Festival – 1994 – Nominated, Golden Precolumbian Circle. Best Film for
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards – 2002 – Won, Critics Choice Award, Best Director for Moulin Rouge!
Cannes Film Festival –
2001 – Nominated, Palme d'Or for
Moulin Rouge!; 1992 – Won, Award of the Youth, Foreign Film for
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards – 2002 – Nominated, CFCA Award, Best Director for Moulin Rouge!
César Awards, France – 2002 – Nominated, César, Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger) for Moulin Rouge!
Directors Guild of America, USA – 2002 – Nominated, DGA Award, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for Moulin Rouge!
Empire Awards, UK – 2002 – Won, Empire Award, Best Director for Moulin Rouge!
European Film Awards –
2001 – Won, Screen International Award for
Moulin Rouge!; 1997 – Nominated, Screen International Award for
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards –
2009 – Nominated, FCCA Award, Best Film for
; Australia 2002 – Won, FCCA Award, Best Director for
Moulin Rouge!; Nominated, FCCA Award, Best Screenplay – Original for Moulin Rouge!
Golden Globes, USA – 2002 – Nominated, Golden Globe, Best Director – Motion Picture for Moulin Rouge!
Hollywood Film Festival – 2001 – Won, Hollywood Movie of the Year for Moulin Rouge!
IF Awards – 2001 – Nominated, IF Award, Best Feature Film for Moulin Rouge!; Nominated, IF Award, Best Direction for Moulin Rouge!
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists – 2002 – Nominated, Silver Ribbon, Best Director – Foreign Film (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero) for Moulin Rouge!
London Critics Circle Film Awards –
1998 – Nominated, ALFS Award, Director of the Year for
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet; 1993 – Won, ALFS Award, Newcomer of the Year for
Strictly Ballroom Love is Folly International Film Festival, Bulgaria – 1993 – Won, Golden Aphrodite for
Online Film Critics Society Awards – 2002 – Nominated, OFCS Award, Best Director for Moulin Rouge!
PGA Awards – 2002 – Won, Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award for Moulin Rouge!
Palm Springs International Film Festival – 2002 – Won, Sonny Bono Visionary Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards – 2002 – Nominated, PFCS Award, Best Director for
Moulin Rouge! Robert Festival –
2002 – Won, Robert, Best Non-American Film (Årets ikke-amerikanske film) for
Moulin Rouge! 1993 – Won, Robert, Best Foreign Film (Årets udenlandske spillefilm) for
Satellite Awards –
2008 – Won, Auteur Award, Nominated, Satellite Award, Best Screenplay, Original for
Australia; Nominated, Satellite Award, Best Original Song for Australia for the song "By the Boab Tree"; 2002 – Won, Golden Satellite Award, Best Director for
Moulin Rouge!. Nominated, Golden Satellite Award, Best Screenplay, Original for Moulin Rouge!
Toronto International Film Festival – 1992 – Won, People's Choice Award for Strictly Ballroom
Vancouver Film Critics Circle – 2002 – Won, VFCC Award, Best Director for Moulin Rouge!
Vancouver International Film Festival – 1992 – Won, Most Popular Film for Strictly Ballroom World Soundtrack Awards – 2001 – Won, World Soundtrack Award, Most Creative Use of Existing Material on a Soundtrack for
Writers Guild of America Awards, USA – 2002 – Nominated, WGA Award (Screen), Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for Moulin Rouge!
Media appearances [ edit ]
In September 2009, Luhrmann made an appearance as a guest judge on
. Dancing with the Stars Luhrmann participated on the [26 ] NPR radio quiz program in 2013. Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! [27 ]
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