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Baz Luhrmann is an Australian director and screenwriter best known for his films Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge.
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Despite its time period, Moulin Rouge boasted a soundtrack with updates of contemporary songs from artists like Madonna, Elton John and Labelle. Though there were many challenges during the production, including the death of Luhrmann’s father and injuries sustained by Kidman,
the film and its stars received many accolades. Moulin Rouge won three Golden Globes and received eight Academy Award nominations; Martin earned the film’s two Oscar wins, in the categories of art direction and costuming.
In 2002, Luhrmann brought La Bohème to the Broadway stage; the production won two Tonys for scenic design (Martin) and lighting (Nigel Levings). Luhrmann also directed Kidman with actor Rodrigo Santoro in a celebrated, long-form Chanel No. 5 ad in 2004.
In 2008, Luhrmann released Australia, an epic-length story that starred Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Set in the director’s home country, the film took place during World War II and focused partly on Aboriginal peoples while mixing different cinematic genres. Though the work received significant media attention and performed well in Europe, Australia was a disappointment at the U.S. box office.
In 2012, Bazmark Films entered into a deal with Sony Pictures to develop television projects. Luhrmann’s next big-screen work is a 3-D update of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby, slated to be released in 2013 and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.
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