STRICTLY BALLROOM 1992, Australia, 94 minutes, 35mm, Park Circus/Miramax Directed by Baz Luhrmann Final screenplay by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce Starring Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson, Gia Carides, Peter Whitford, Barry Otto Sat: 11:59 pm (midnight)
"First of all, it's not what you think. Sure, 'Strictly Ballroom' is about dancing -- specifically, the rumba. But this rousing Australian comedy is for people who hate that stuff, and for those who love it. Grabbing every backstage musical cliche by the lapels, it sends each one pirouetting, then sprawling hysterically across the floor. It's hard not to love this kind of tribute." - Desson Howe, Washington Post
"Partly a hilarious satire of the bizarre rituals of the ballroom world, partly a contemporary fairytale romance, Luhrmann's exhilarating debut transcends its shamelessly familiar plot through endlessly inventive details, through an expertly balanced blend of stylish cinematic technique and camp theatricality, and through the care and affection it devotes to the characters, dancing and music. Crucially, the film's enormous charm is never rammed down the throat, but acknowledged for the calculating ploy it is, with a winning, ironic wink." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Screening format: 35mm
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