Baz Luhrmann

  • Birth Name: Mark Anthony Luhrmann
  • Birth Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Dabbled in acting as a teen and studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. 
  • Formed a theater troupe called the Six Years Old Company in the late 1980s.
  • Claims that Italian grand opera and Bollywood films influence his directorial style.
  • Called his first three films—Strictly Ballroom (1992), William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge (2001)—the Red Curtain Trilogy. 
  • Produced the 1999 hit single "Everybody's Free (to Wear Sunscreen)," a novelty record based on a famous Chicago Tribune essay.
  • Directed (and coproduced) La Bohème on Broadway in 2003.
  • In 2004, directed a multimillion-dollar Chanel No. 5 commercial featuring Nicole Kidman.

Awards

  • 2002, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 2002, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2013, AACTA Awards — Best Film: Winner
  • 2013, AACTA Awards — Best Direction: Winner
  • 2013, AACTA Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 1997, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 2009, Australian Film Institute Awards — Highest Grossing Film Award: Winner
  • 2009, Australian Film Institute Awards — Members' Choice Award: Nominee
  • 2003, Tony — Director (Musical): Nominee
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  • 1997, Berlin Film Festival — Alfred Bauer Prize: Winner
  • 2002, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2009, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Original Music Score: Nominee
  • 1999, Australian Film Institute Awards — Byron Kennedy Award: Winner
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2009, Australian Film Institute Awards — Readers' Choice Award: Nominee
  • 2002, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Winner
  • 2001, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1992, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Achievement in Direction: Winner
  • 1998, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2002, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1992, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Screenplay: Winner
  • 1998, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Winner
  • 2001, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1992, Toronto International Film Festival — People's Choice Award: Winner
  • 2001, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2002, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 2001, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee

Relationships

  • Catherine Martin — Wife
  • Leonard Luhrmann — Father
  • William Alexander Luhrmann — Son
  • Lillian Amanda Luhrmann — Daughter

College

  • National Institute of Dramatic Art, Kensington, New South Wales, Australia (1985)

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