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Strictly Ballroom

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I N T R O D U C T I O N
P L O T S Y N O P S I S
M I S E
E N
S C E N E
The first in Luhrmann's
'R E D C U R T A I N T R I L O G Y'
- described by him as 'The little film that could!'

SPECIFICS:

Respectable cast
Premiered at
The Cannes Film Festival
in 1992
SEVENTH
most successful film at the Australian Box Office
$3
M I L L I O N
budget
Springboard to Baz Luhrmann's
impressive portfolio
Initially a
student
stage play
Received a
1 5 - M I N U T E
standing ovation

F R A M I N G
O V E R V I E W
1992
A U S T R A L I A N
Romantic Comedy
Directed and co-written by
Baz Luhrmann

S T A R R I N G:
Paul Mercurio
-
Scott Hastings
Tara Morice
-
Fran
Pat Thomson
-
Shirley Hastings
Barry Otto
-
Doug Hastings
Gia Carides
-
Liz Holt




STRICTLY BALLROOM -
1992
- BAZ LUHRMANN

CONVENTIONALLY STRUCTURED
Strictly Ballroom is about following your dreams. It tells the story of an Australian ballroom dancer, Scott Hastings.

On a quest to
W I N
the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Championship.


Scott's steps are not:

STRICTLY BALLROOM

After losing a competition to a rival pair and his dance partner, Scott begins to rehearse with
outsider and beginner - Fran.
FAMILY THEMES:
Carrying on family
T R A D I T I O N S

Following
in paved footsteps
Enforced parental control
Winning for the 'sake/pride' of ones family

IN CONTRAST:
Spanish heritage
Encouragement and acceptance
'DANCE FROM THE HEART'




S C E N E
S E L E C T I O N

This contrast of nationality, family and status challenges family themes, embodying powerful messaging:
N O T
to live in fear
To
D A N C E
to your own BEAT
Value
I N D I V I D U A L I T Y
over conformity



S E T T I N G
&
L O C A T I O N
M I S E
E N
S C E N E
M I S E
E N
S C E N E
L I G H T I N G
STAGING
&
PERFORMANCE
Location is visibly
RUN DOWN
- train tracks

Emphasis on Scott's removal from his
FAMILY UNIT

Houses close proximity to train tracks - not an irritable response - rather
C E L E B R A T I O N

Train on a
DEFIANT PATH
- paving the way for Scott on his journey





Opening shot establishes Scott's surroundings -
OUTSIDER

Positioning of Fran's father in a
DOMINEERING
role

CLOSE-UPS
of feet, faces and clapping hands

Fran positioned toward the
BACK
of frames

Closing frame - beautiful in its ability to portray themes of
ACCEPTANCE
and
INCLUSION





Very
L I T T L E
natural light - illuminated by coloured lanterns

Low-key lighting - lighting pattern of both
B R I G H T
and
D A R K
areas

Lighting at times
FLICKERS
- lower class ideologies

Lighting from train acts as a
S P O T L I G H T
- first on Scott's feet and then on the embrace of the family





M I S E
E N
S C E N E
Performance of the Pasodoble is significant to Scott's continuous
F I G H T

A
D A N C E
modeled around the Spanish bullfight

This performance is both
A R R O G A N T
and
P A S S I O N A T E


P A R A L L E L
to Scott's Character





M I S E
E N
S C E N E
S E T
D E S I G N
Lanterns, fire pits,
SPANISH
type bunting

Decorations that are not typically
AUSTRALIAN

Floorboards are visibly
D I R T Y
and
U N S T A B L E
- representing the unsettled thoughts of Scott

Dusty appearance - bull fighting ring and the
G R I T
in Scott's fight





M I S E
E N
S C E N E
C O S T U M E
&
P R O P S
On-going
T R A N S F O R M A T I O N
of Fran's appearance throughout

Costuming typically
S P A N I S H
, bell sleeves

Chaquetilla
worn by Fran's father - signifying the fight of the bull - a defiant display of
M A S C U L I N I T Y





B I B L I O G R A P H Y
CHARACTER
C O N S T R U C T I O N
Fran's character construction and evolution - most prevalent

UNDERDOG
on a journey to
SELF-DISCOVERY

Positioned to long for her
S U C C E S S


What does Fran translating to Scott represent?

What feelings did it provoke?

Was it a turning point in Fran's journey to self-discovery?







S O U N D
D I E G E T I C

Native Spanish tongue - representation of Scott's
D I S C O N N E C T

Incomprehensible mind frame

Clapping of hands, stomping of feet

H E A R T B E A T
rhythm

N O N - D I E G E T I C

Heightens intensity
E L E V A T E S
senses

Provokes
R E J O I C E





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