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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.
The first scene filmed was the big finale at the dance competition. It was filmed at a real dance competition during the 1-hour lunch break.
Paul Mercurio danced the final sequence with a sprained ankle.
Tara Morice was almost not cast as Fran, even though she played the character in the stage version, because the financial backers were reluctant to cast a non-dancer in the role. Pimples were painted onto her face for her early scenes.
Baz Luhrmann participated in the sorts of ballroom dancing competitions shown in the movie. Stricly Ballroom began life as an improvised play, featuring Luhrmann. The play was later performed at the Sydney Theatre Company.
Pat Thomson, who plays Scott's mother, died before the film's premier.
Doris Day had a private screening organized for her.
The most expensive costume was the jacket worn by Scott during the grand finale. It took over six weeks to make. Some of the ornaments, and the flamenco shoes, were imported from Spain.
Fran's house was a set built on to an existing railway station. In the most expensive shot in the entire film, a train was hired to pass by the house twice. Once, a real food inspector came onto the set and demanded paperwork because he thought it was a real shop.
First part of the Red Curtain Trilogy, which included Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001). This was the only trilogy entry that didn't receive an Oscar nomination.
The film makers had to beg Coca-Cola to allow them to have the sign on top of the studio. The company ended paying a bit for the cost of the sign but not the whole price.
First film directed by Baz Luhrmann.
Antonio Vargas wore all his own clothes throughout the shoot.
The flashback about Doug's past was originally planned as being realistic but due to budget constraints, the makers had to change it to the present cartoon version.
There are only a few professional dancers among the principal cast, including Paul Mercurio, Todd McKenney, Antonio Vargas, Sonia Kruger, and Leonie Page.
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The trophies in Kendall's Dance Studio were real trophies borrowed from dance studios.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Original co-producer Ted Albert died suddenly from a heart attack during the early stages of production. Despite this, and with the blessing of Albert's wife Popsy, Ted's family company Albert Productions (which also produced the soundtrack) decided to stick with the production and put up $1 million of the $3 million budget.
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Thomas Lacey scored the role of Scott Hastings in the stage production. Tara Morice (Fran) worked with Lacey on Dance Academy (2010).
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Cameo 

John O'Connell: tryout Coach #3, Guest at the fiesta.
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Director Cameo 

Baz Luhrmann: the guy whom Scott pushes past while looking for Fran at the Pan Pacifics; he is carrying a silver dress over his shoulder.

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