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Baz Luhrmann
Born Mark Anthony Luhrmann
17 September 1962 (1962-09-17) (age 47)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[1]
Other name(s) Baz
Occupation film director, screenwriter, producer
Spouse(s) Catherine Martin (1997-)

Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann (pronounced /ˈbæz ˈlʊərmən/;[2] born 17 September 1962) is an Australian film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for The Red Curtain Trilogy.


Personal life

Luhrmann was born in Sydney to a ballroom dance teacher/dress shop owner mother, and Leonard Luhrmann, a farmer.[3] He was raised in Herons Creek, a tiny rural settlement in northern New South Wales, where his father ran a petrol station and a movie theater, both of which would influence his son's film-making career. He attended St. Joseph's Hasting Regional School, Port Macquarie 1975-1978 and Balgowlah Boys Campus. He attended Year 11 at Narrabeen Sports High School in Sydney, performing in the school's version of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1.[4] His nickname was given to him due to a perceived resemblance to the character Basil Brush.

Luhrmann married Catherine Martin, the production designer on all of his films, on 26 January 1997. They have two children, Lillian Amanda Luhrmann and William Alexander Luhrmann.


After theatrical successes, including the original stage version of Strictly Ballroom, Luhrmann moved into film, and has directed four so far:

His first three films are formally marketed as "The Red Curtain Trilogy". Luhrmann's next project is an adaptation of The Great Gatsby,[5] with principal photography slated to start in 2010.

Acting credits

Awards and nominations

Luhrmann received Directors Guild of America and Golden Globe nominations for Best Director - Motion Picture for his work on Moulin Rouge!, but did not receive an Oscar nomination for directing (Academy Award host Whoopi Goldberg joked "I guess it just directed itself"). However it did receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.


Luhrmann has cited Italian grand opera as a major influence on his work including Moulin Rouge! He has also listed other theatrical styles like Bollywood films as having had an influence on his work. Luhrmann was a ballroom dancer as a child, and his mother taught ballroom dancing, which was an inspiration for Strictly Ballroom.

Other work


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Joel Coen
for Fargo
BAFTA Award for Best Direction
for Romeo + Juliet
Succeeded by
Peter Weir
for The Truman Show

Simple English

Mark Anthony Luhrmann or Baz Luhrmann (September 17, 1962-) is a flamboyant Australian movie and theatre director. He has directed three movies (The Red Curtain Trilogy) which have made him famous: Strictly Ballroom (1992), Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Moulin Rouge! (2001).

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