February 28, 2012
Super-hunk Scott Hastings is an ambitious, athletic dancer eager to break with the Australian Dance Federation's stodgy traditions and choreograph his own steps for the upcoming Ballroom Dancing Championship. Scott's mother Shirley, his prissy partner Liz and coach Les are up in arms over his cavalier attitude towards ballroom conventions. Angry at Scott's new passionate refusal to follow the rules, Liz quits, leaving him without a partner. When Fran, a klutzy beginner, approaches him, Scott doesn't believe she can make the grade. But once Fran and her family introduce Scott to the vivacious Spanish rhythms and sharply sensuous moves that are part of their culture, he realizes this is the very outlet he's needed for his talents. Together, Fran and Scott boldly challenge the Federation's provincial attitudes, making everyone green with envy.
A top ballroom dancer pairs with a plain, left-footed local girl when his maverick style earns him the disdain of his more conventionally-minded colleagues. Together, the team gives it their all and makes their dreams of the National Championship title come true. Directed in a delicious high-key style by Lurhmann in his madcap debut.
Original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.
Ballroom costume design by Agnus Strathie. Flamenco Dance Tutor was Antonio Vargas.
"Strictly Ballroom" was originally a staged musical in Sydney.
Rated BBFC-PG by the British Board of Film Censors.