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
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. See more »
In the flashback sequence from 1967 Shirley and Doug dance to a boogie-version of John Paul Young's "Yesterday's hero", which was first released in 1978. However since this flashback turns out to be a lie by Barry Fife this could be deliberately. See more »
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 help but get absolutely involved in what transpires onscreen. Fran's (Morice) 'transformation' is done very well, and she is possibly the only sane person in a world of over-the-top loons. Scott (Mercurio) is astoundingly handsome and believably self-involved. Go see it!
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