In typical fashion, I still had no idea what movie to watch at lunchtime yesterday. But then 'Love is in the Air' came on the radio, and there was no competition.
I have a perhaps slightly unnatural soft spot for this movie, because it was the first thing I ever went to see at the movies WITHOUT AN ACCOMPANYING PARENT. I was 9, and someone's mother dropped us at the cinema about ten minutes before it started, and picked us up as soon as it finished. This, I should add, was in 1992 when it was acceptable to do such things despite the lack of mobile phones. We sat in the back row and thought we were SOOOOOOOOO cool, and were the youngest people in the theatre by approximately sixty years.
Reasons why Strictly Ballroom is awesome:
1. It was Baz Luhrmann's directorial debut.
2. Paul Mercurio as Scott. This was his acting debut (he was a professional dancer), and he's pretty phenomenal.
3. The costumes. Oh my GOD, the costumes.
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5. The dancing.
6. Bill Hunter. Almost every big name Australian film from the 90s seemed to star Bill Hunter. There's a valid reason for it - he's fantastic.
7. Scott's little sister, Kylie. She's HILARIOUS.
8. Scott's big entrance at the Pan Pacifics.
10. The documentary style at the beginning.
11. Barry Otto as Scott's father, Doug. He's BRILLIANT.
12. The hairstyles. OH MY GOD.
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14. The scene where Ken Railings walks into the dance studio to see Liz.
15. Training in secret on the roof.
16. The scene where Fran's dad teaches Scott to do the paso doble properly.
18. Doug's backstory.
19. Fran's grandmother. She's sassy as hell, even when almost all her lines are in Spanish.
20. Sonja Kruger and Todd McKenny. They're now both involved with the Australian version of Dancing With the Stars.
22. The cinematography is BEAUTIFUL.
23. The whole thing was made for $3,000,000, and they had to fight for almost every cent of it.
24. When Doug starts applauding in the silent stadium.
26. Dancing the paso doble at the Pan Pacifics. You have to see it to believe it.
- "A life lived in fear is a life half-lived."
- [hissed between teeth while dancing] "You've been drinking!" "Bullshit. Bullshit!" "You bloody have!"
- "A little musicality, please!"
- "I find it hard to get the films now. It's all video, video, video."
- "If you're driving the engine, what's that in the thermos??"
- "I have to help Wayne with his bogo pogo."
- "What do I want? I'll tell you what I want! I want Ken Railings to walk in here right now, and say 'Pam Shortt's broken both her legs, and I wanna dance with YOU!'" "Pam Shortt's broken both her legs, and I wanna dance with you." "That was unexpected."
- "We had the chance, but we were scared. We walked away. We lived our lives IN FEAR!"
- "Where do you think we'd be if everyone went around making up their own steps?" "Out of a job."
- "SHOW me your paso doble!"
- "Well, of course, you can dance any steps you like. That doesn't mean you'll.......WIN."
- "Son, can I bend your ear for a tick?" "Not now, Dad!"
- "Where the man goes, the lady must follow..."
- "He doesn't CARE about winning the Pan Pacific Grand Prix???"
- "He started doing his own wild, crowd-pleasing steps. A bit like you, Scott. Not always...strictly ballroom."
- "Poor Tina. It's like dancing in a brewery."
- "You've a light in you, boy. Let it shine!"
What's your favourite dance movie?