Inside Elvis Director Baz Luhrmann's Rise: Outback to Hollywood
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Inside Elvis Director Baz Luhrmann's Rise: Outback to Hollywood

17 September 2023
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Inside Elvis Director Baz Luhrmann's Rise: Outback to Hollywood

Outback to Fame

The renowned Australian director once confided in Tatler, expressing his willingness to embrace aging with audacity. Before ascending to fame as the director behind iconic films like "Elvis" and "Moulin Rouge," Baz Luhrmann was simply known as Mark Anthony Luhrmann.

The moniker "Baz" sprouted from his high school days when he decided to let his hair grow. The "not-so-friendly" kids at Christian Brothers' College, where he was a student, playfully dubbed him "Basil Brush," a reference to the British television character. Eventually, "Basil" was trimmed to "Baz," a nickname that has endured.

"I always found 'Mark' to be quite mundane," he once shared with The Guardian. Baz's upbringing unfolded in a quaint town situated approximately 180 miles north of Sydney, Australia.

He poetically described his hometown as akin to "living on an island." His family managed the local movie theater, fostering his profound love for the world of cinema. "During my formative years, I had to weave tales, rally my friends, capture them on film, or stage plays," he reflected. "Despite my passable on-screen presence, I swiftly recognized my true calling lay in controlling the narrative."

The journey to school with his brother consumed two long hours each day, prompting him to realize that Sydney held his destiny. It was there that he encountered his future wife, Catherine Martin, while both were pursuing drama studies. In search of a production designer, Baz arranged a meeting with her.

Initially planned for an hour, their conversation stretched into an engaging three-hour exchange. "It was an expansive dialogue, and that dialogue continues to this day. She knows me more intimately than anyone else on this planet," the director revealed. In 1997, they exchanged vows, and their union has since been blessed with two children.

Despite his stature as one of the world's most prominent directors, Baz zealously safeguards his private life.

Throughout his illustrious career, Baz has been known for catapulting rising stars to fame. In 1997, his adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo Juliet" introduced Leonardo DiCaprio to a global audience, while his recent film "Elvis" did the same for Austin Butler. His filmography includes blockbuster hits like "Moulin Rouge" (2001), "Australia" (2008), "The Great Gatsby," and more.

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