Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Australia, 1992. M & A, Australian Film Finance Corporation, Beyond Films. Screenplay by Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, based on an earlier story by Baz Luhrmann and screenplay by Baz Luhrmann, Andrew Bovell. Cinematography by Steve Mason. Produced by Tristram Miall. Music by David Hirschfelder. Production Design by Catherine Martin. Costume Design by Angus Strathie. Film Editing by Jill Bilcock. Golden Globe Awards 1993.
A young ballroom dance champion (Paul Mercurio) finds himself being scorned by his superiors for creating his own steps when preparing for the upcoming, all-important Pan-Pacific competition. Finding himself without a partner, he plucks a total beginner (Tara Morice) from his parents’ studio classes and the two of them prepare to do their own thing at the final showdown. On the surface it seems like silly fluff, but it’s actually a piercing examination of the need to strike your individual chord in a world full of people who are trying so hard to assimilate with each other. The music and dancing is thrilling, the costumes eye-popping, and the performances excellent.