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BAZ LUHRMANN (Director, Writer and Producer) has captured popular and critical imagination internationally with a diverse range of commercially successful projects in film, opera, theatre, music, multi-media and events. As the founder and director of Bazmark.Inq. and subsidiaries Bazmark Live and Bazmark Music, the huge commercial success of Luhrmann's projects reveals an instinctual ability to anticipate audience tastes, and to tap into the spirit of the times.

"Moulin Rouge!,” Luhrmann's most recent feature film starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, which he developed, co-wrote, produced and directed, opened the Cannes Film Festival in May 2001 and went on to open in the number-one position in the UK, France, Australia and Switzerland. Worldwide theatrical sales have surpassed $170 million and the film has been showered with many prestigious awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy, National Board of Review and Producers Guild of America Film of the Year Awards, and two Academy Awards for production and costume designer Catherine Martin. (The film garnered six additional Oscar nominations including Best Picture.) Luhrmann also received BAFTA nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director. He was also the executive producer of the film's two soundtrack albums, which went multiplatinum and have sold over 6 million copies worldwide.

Luhrmann is also renowned for his audacious adaptation of "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet” for Twentieth Century Fox, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. Luhrmann co-wrote the screenplay, directed and produced the international box office hit on location in Mexico. The film opened in the number-one position in the U.S., grossing over $140 million worldwide and garnering numerous awards, including four BAFTAs (including Best Direction and adapted screenplay), two Berlin Film Festival Awards (again for Best Direction), a Golden Bear (Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio) and an Academy Award nomination for Best Art Direction for Catherine Martin. The soundtrack albums, executive produced by Luhrmann, went triple platinum in the U.S and have sold more than seven million copies worldwide.

"William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet” followed the international success of Luhrmann's film debut, "Strictly Ballroom.” Grossing more than $80 million at the box office, "Strictly Ballroom” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where it won the Prix de la Jeunesse and a special mention for the Camera D'Or before going on to win numerous other international awards, including three BAFTAs and eight AFIs (Australian Film Institute awards).

The feature film "Strictly Ballroom” evolved out of a play that Luhrmann conceived, co-wrote, staged and directed while studying to be an actor at Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). The play, which also began Luhrmann's long-term collaboration with writer Craig Pearce, was to have several further award-winning stage incarnations including a first run during Luhrmann's stint as Artistic Director of the experimental theatre company Six Years Old (for the Sydney Theatre Company), before eventually becoming a hugely successful film in 1992.

After NIDA, in between incarnations of "Strictly Ballroom,” Luhrmann served as the Artistic Director of another experimental theatre group, the Ra Project for the Australian Opera, where he created the critically acclaimed opera "Lake Lost” with composer Felix Meagher. This production marked the beginning of his collaboration with designer Catherine Martin. "Lake Lost” was followed by "Dance Hall,” a large-scale musical event staged by Luhrmann and Martin at the Sydney Town Hall. Several more original and classic operas followed, including their highly acclaimed 1990 production of Puccini's "La Boheme” fo

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