Produced and directed a hit re-invention of the classic opera "La Boheme" for the stage in Sydney, Australia, taking place in the 1950s post-war Paris, stressing acting more than big "[Luciano Pavarotti
]-style voices", to create an experience for "people who might be a little intimidated by opera". It was eventually filmed in ...
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But above everything else, [William Shakespeare
] had to deal with a city of 400,000 people and a theatre that held 4,000 and everyone from the street sweeper upwards. Not unlike your local cineplex, and he used everything possible to arrest and stop that audience - really bawdy comedy and then, wham! Something really beautiful and poetic. Everything we did in Romeo + Juliet
(1996) was based on ...
In late 2004, he directed the world's most expensive advertisement for Chanel No 5, a 4-minute short film titled "No 5: The Film" starring Nicole Kidman
(who he worked with for Moulin Rouge!
(2001)) and Rodrigo Santoro
. The film ad, about a fairy-tale romance in which Chanel is part of the story but is not what the story is about, cost £18 million and made Kidman a Guinness World Record holder ...
Films often begin in a comedic manner and end in tragedy