Australia film "Strictly Ballroom" waltzes to stage

Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:12am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Australian director Baz Luhrmann has unveiled plans to bring his 1992 film "Strictly Ballroom" to the stage as TV dancing shows generate massive interest in the glamour and drama on the ballroom floor.

Luhrmann will start a creative workshop in December in Sydney, with the full production schedule and location of the premiere to be announced at a later date.

"Strictly Ballroom," a romantic comedy revolving around an Australian dancer's struggle to get his personal dance style accepted, was Luhrmann's first movie. It was based on a short play he created and staged in 1986. The movie won three BAFTA awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe.

"Strictly Ballroom" has always been very personal to me, the genesis drawn from my childhood experience in the world of ballroom dancing," Luhrmann said in a statement.

"The creative and life ideals of the story, that being that a life lived in fear is a life half lived; and creativity triumphing over creative oppression, the belief there's always more than just one way (to cha cha cha), are ideals I live and create by to this day."

Luhrmann followed up "Strictly Ballroom" with two other theater-themed films, "Romeo + Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge!" His most recent production was the costly 2008 box office disappointment "Australia."

(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Dean Goodman)