Smith was the show running Executive Producer of the first three series, and of sister show It Takes Two. From series 8 to 11, Forsyth only presented the main show and was replaced for the results show by Claudia Winklemanat which point Daly assumed Forsyth's role as main presenter and Winkleman assumed Daly's role as co-presenter. Winkleman has joined Daly as full-time co-presenter for series 12 following Forsyth's departure after the series. Through telephone votingviewers vote for who they would like to be in the next round, the results of the poll being combined with the ranking of the judges.
Luhrmann has also commented that the film revolves around stories similar to David and GoliathCinderella and The Ugly Duckling. Luhrmann created Strictly Ballroom in the red curtain cinema genre which follows three rules. Firstly, the story needs to be set in a heightened creative world.
Secondly it is based on a recognizable story shape, such as that of Cinderella and David and Goliath. Lastly, red curtain cinema is known as audience participation cinema in that audiences should be aware that what they are watching is not real.
Production history[ edit ] The film version of Strictly Ballroom was developed from an original short play of the same name. It drew on Luhrmann's own life experience—he had studied ballroom dancing as a child and his mother worked as a ballroom dance teacher in his teens  and inspired by the life of Keith Bain who grew up in the same town as Luhrmann.
He invited his school friend Craig Pearce to help him rewrite and expand the script. With its themes of artistic repression and underdogs battling against the odds, the play was a success at the festival, winning both the best director and best production awards.
The group work-shopped the expanded version of play, which had a trial season at the Brisbane Expo in before opening at the Wharf Studios on 24 September Ted Albert was a leading record producer and music publisher, best known in Australia as the discoverer and original producer of s pop sensations The Easybeats.
By the time he saw Strictly Ballroom, Albert was the managing director of his family-owned music publishing company Albert Music formerly J. Albert's wife Antoinette known as "Popsy" took him to see the play after seeing a newspaper ad; they loved the energy, colour and musicality of the play and Ted Albert immediately saw the potential to develop the play into a film using the musical resources available to him through Alberts' publishing and recording enterprises.
Luhrmann balked at the move towards naturalism and eventually, with Albert's agreement, the director brought in his old friend Craig Pearce, who was able to translate Luhrmann's theatrical vision into a workable screenplay. The only "bankable names" in the cast were Barry Otto and screen veteran Bill Hunterand although co-star Paul Mercurio was well known as a dancer through his work with the Sydney Dance CompanyStrictly Ballroom was his first acting role.
With the original budget set at over AUD 5 million, government film funding bodies were reluctant to back such a left-field project with few major names in the credits. The script was then pared back and the subplot dropped, but when Miall approached the Film Finance Corporationhe was told that they would not back such a high-budget film in Australian terms with a first-time director.
He was told to replace Luhrmann, but he refused, promising to make further cuts. Miall and Albert then pared the budget down to AUD 3. They sent Luhrmann to the Cannes Film Festival in hopes of finding an overseas distributor, but this came to nothing. After returning to Australia, Miall and Luhrmann had a fortuitous meeting with Andrew Pike, head of the Canberra -based independent distribution company Ronin Films.
Intrigued by Luhrmann's colourful pitch which involved sketches, set miniatures and pieces of costume, Pike agreed to back a limited local release, although he later admitted that, had he seen only the script, he would probably have turned it down.
This threw the entire project into doubt, but Ted Albert's widow Popsy decided that it should go to completion in honour of her husband, so she took over as executive producer, with Miall as producer.
Even after completion, the team were greeted with stiff resistance from exhibitors: Luhrmann recalled that one exhibitor walked out before the film had even finished, declaring that Luhrmann was ruined and that he would never work again. Strictly Ballroom had its first public screening at midnight in the Un Certain Regard programme and proved to be an instant hit—the cast and crew received a fifteen-minute standing ovation, which was repeated the following night; it became one of the major hits of the festival, winning the Prix De Jeunesse and triggering a bidding war among international distributors.Text Size Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size.
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This week, the sad, sad news that Strictly Ballroom The Musical will be closing was announced. The sparkling musical will be closing its doors in late October. Strictly Ballroom is a Australian romantic comedy film directed and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. The film, which was Luhrmann's first, is the first in his The Red Curtain Trilogy of theatre-motif-related films; it was followed by Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!.