Scott Hastings is a champion caliber ballroom dancer, but much to the chagrin of the Australian ballroom dance community, Scott believes in dancing "his own steps". Fran is a beginning dancer and a bit of an ugly duckly who has the audacity to ask to be Scott's partner after his unorthodox style causes his regular partner to dance out of his life. Together, these two misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, "there are no new steps!" Written by
The film received a 15-minute standing ovation when it played at the Cannes Film Festival, where an agent of Rank Films promptly snapped up the UK release rights for a million pounds in cash. See more »
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From beginning to end. Wow. This is the best Baz Luhrmann film, without a
doubt. I've seen it maybe half a dozen times. The characters are
hilarious, but even the most obvious parodies are real. They're all so
absorbed in their crazy, strange, fantastic world of dancing, you can't
but get absolutely involved in what transpires onscreen. Fran's (Morice)
'transformation' is done very well, and she is possibly the only sane
in a world of over-the-top loons. Scott (Mercurio) is astoundingly
and believably self-involved. Go see it!
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