He was born 17th of September 1962 as Mark Anthony Luhrmann. He’s been nominated for a golden globe and an academy award, best known for his Red Curtain Trilogy which consists of Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge. All three films follow his particular style of film-making which includes fast paced editing and bright colours, also the theme of red runs through.
This is the only one of the three that I haven’t seen, it’s a romantic comedy that’s centred around the world of competitive dancing. The film was based on a play that was also directed by Luhrmann in 1986 which he later transformed into a film.
Based on the well known story by William Shakespeare, this version puts the same story and language into a contemporary setting; it also brings an old story and historic language to a new younger audience with its cast and soundtrack.
The film is based on the Orphean myth and also on an opera ‘La Traviata’ by Giuseppe Verdi. The story is set in France and around a well known club the Moulin Rouge. Luhrmann’s inspiration for the film came from a musical he saw in India. He also took inspiration from the Greek tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice.
Luhrmann’s most recent film is set in Australia between 1939 and 1942. As well as Moulin Rouge ‘Australia’ stars Nicole Kidman as his leading lady.