Baz Luhrmann



Baz's parents did Ballroom competitions, thus growing up around the very subject matter of his first three films.

  • Aliases
  • Baz Luhrman
  • Primary profession
  • Writer·producer·director
  • Country
  • Australia
  • Nationality
  • Australian
  • Gender
  • Male
  • Birth date
  • 17 September 1962
  • Place of birth
  • Sydney
  • Spouses
  • Catherine Martin
  • Education
  • National Institute of Dramatic Art
  • Knows language
  • English language








Luhrmann and Catherine Martin s first child, Lillian (Lilly) Amanda Luhrmann, was born in Sydney on Friday, 10th October 2003.

His first three films, Strictly Ballroom , Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! , were dubbed the "Red Curtain Trilogy", as they all fell under a particular style of filmmaking. He then changed direction and plans to make a trilogy of historical epics. The first of these was to be "Alexander the Great", which was later dropped.

Did ballroom dance as a child.

His father died the first day of filming Moulin Rouge! .

Family once owned a gas station and a farm.

In late 2004, he directed the worlds most expensive advertisement for Chanel No 5, a 4-minute short film titled "No 5: The Film" starring Nicole Kidman (who he worked with for Moulin Rouge! ) and Rodrigo Santoro. The film ad, about a fairy-tale romance in which Chanel is part of the story but is not what the story is about, cost 18 million and made Kidman a Guinness World Record holder for highest paid actress in a commercial (she netted $3.71 million). Varying length versions of the film ad were shown on television, and - a first for Chanel - in movie theaters. Costumes were designed by Karl Lagerfeld and a score by Claude Debussy. Kidman wore 17m worth of real gems.

Son William Alexander Luhrmann was born June 8th, 2005

Was among the guests at Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban s wedding.

Wanted to make a movie about Alexander The Great with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role around the same time as Oliver Stone made his movie Alexander , but this project was dropped.

Profiled in "Conversations with Directors: An Anthology of Interviews from Literature/Film Quarterly", E.M. Walker, D.T. Johnson, eds. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008.

He was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queens New Years Honours List for his services to Australian society in film direction and production.

His favorite films are Star 80 , 8 , Voyna i mir , Medium Cool and Fitzcarraldo .

Has directed one Oscar nominated performance: Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge! .

(September 2008) Editing Australia in Sydney.

(January 2009) Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia

The cast of his production of Puccinis opera, "La Boheme," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 2004 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Ensemble. Performance.

Produced a quirky number one record: "Everybodys Free to wear Sunscreen".


All the films I make are about 60% of what I imagine them to be.

So, what is creative freedom? We can make what we want, how we want. The,only constraint is: not for any budget.

So, yes, we won for ourselves a criteria, a mantra, which is that we,only make what we want to make in the way we want to make it. I believe,we make universal stories for the world, but it has an Australian,voice, and to maintain that voice you must be connected to your land.

We went to this huge, ice-cream picture palace to see a Bollywood movie.

Here we were, with 2,000 Indians watching a film in Hindi, and there,was the lowest possible comedy and then incredible drama and tragedy,and then break out in songs. And it was 3-1/2 hours! We thought we had,suddenly learnt Hindi, because we understood everything! [Laughter] We,thought it was incredible. How involved the audience were. How uncool,they were - how their coolness had been ripped aside and how they were,united in this singular sharing of the story. The thrill of thinking,"Could we ever do that in the West? Could we ever get past that,cerebral cool and perceived cool?" It required this idea of,comic-tragedy. Could you make those switches? Fine in Shakespeare - low,comedy and then you die in five minutes.

[on Beyonce Knowles] She can step onto a stage and draw every single,person in the audience into an intimate experience. No one has that,voice, no one moves the way she moves, no one can hold an audience the,way she does. And she keeps growing and evolving in the ways that she,expresses herself as a singer, as a performer and now as a mother. She,and Jay Z are the royal couple of culture, and she is the queen bee.

I wish I’d done everything on Earth with you.