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Baz Luhrmann Biography

Birth Name:
Mark Anthony Luhrmann
Birth Place:
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Director, screenwriter, producer, actor

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


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