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Baz Luhrmann

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Baz Luhrmann, director

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Baz Luhrmann is an Australian director whose debut film, Strictly Ballroom, became one of Australia’s most successful releases, and also inspired the title of the BBC’s popular Saturday night dance show. He went on to direct Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, the Great Gatsby and, more recently, Elvis starring Tom Hanks and Austin Butler. Baz was born Mark Andrew Luhrmann in 1962. His friends nicknamed him Baz after the puppet Basil Brush because of his unruly hair. When he was five the family moved to Herons Creek, a remote settlement in New South Wales. Several years later Baz started ballroom dancing after he picked up a leaflet advertising classes while travelling on a bus. At drama school in Sydney he devised a play called Strictly Ballroom with his fellow students and later wrote a screenplay with his school friend Craig Pearce. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992 where it received a rapturous response and went on to win eight Australian Film Institute awards and three BAFTAs. Baz’s most recent film, Elvis, tells the life of Elvis Presley from the perspective of his infamous manager Colonel Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks. The film has been a commercial success – making almost $300 million around the world to date. In addition to making feature films Baz has directed theatre and opera productions. He lives mainly in New York with his wife and frequent collaborator, the production designer Catherine Martin, and their two children. DISC ONE: Changes by David Bowie DISC TWO: One by John Farnham DISC THREE: Spanish Flea by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass DISC FOUR: Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley DISC FIVE: Puccini: La Boheme / Act 1 - 'Che gelida manina' by Luciano Pavarotti DISC SIX: Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack DISC SEVEN: Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, MYA, Pink DISC EIGHT: No Church in the Wild by JAY Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, The-Dream BOOK CHOICE: War and Peace by Leo TolstoyLUXURY ITEM: A silk eye maskCASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Puccini: La Boheme / Act 1 - 'Che gelida manina' by Luciano Pavarotti Presenter Lauren LaverneProducer Paula McGinley


25 Dec 2022

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S14 Ep 4: Baz Luhrmann

Table Manners with Jessie and Lennie Ware

This is a blockbuster Table Manners episode. Having seen Romeo + Juliet 7 times in the cinema, and frequently quoting Strictly Ballroom, to have the genius, Baz Luhrmann in our kitchen was an absolute honour. Both of us are huge fans of his work so we were thrilled to ask him a hundred questions about Elvis, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and all the other brilliant projects he has been involved in. Baz whirlwinded into Lennie’s for some baked salmon, wine and a barrel of laughs. We talk about his love of ballroom dancing, good luck pearls from Australia, on set catering, Elvis & his obsession with a caviar.Thank you so much Baz. We LOVED the Elvis movie and we loved having two precious hours with you. X Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


19 Oct 2022

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How Baz Luhrmann betrayed Elvis’s music, culture, and most of all, the soul of the man. Part 1. (Repost, edited)

The Joe Jackson Interviews

This is a repost and heavily edited version of my 'Elvis Fan responds to Baz Luhrmann's movie' podcast. I have cut out the twelve-minute section about my history as an Elvis fan which led to the powerful feelings I have about what to me are the lies Luhrmann tells in his all-flash-and-no-substance movie. The film has received enough praise, excessively so, globally, but, happily, at least some critics and many fans have not been blinded by the hype. This is the first of three podcasts on the subject. 


11 Sep 2022

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Baz Luhrmann’s movie ’Elvis.’ A lifelong Elvis fan reacts. Includes Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records

The Joe Jackson Interviews

I love the fact that Baz Luhrmann's movie Elvis has brought the King of Pop, as we called him when I was a child, back into public consciousness globally.  And that Elvis's music is getting 67% more streaming than before the movie was released. Luhrmann must receive the highest praise for all that. But, as a so-called "Elvis expert" and someone who has written countless articles about Presley since 1977 and made fifteen one-hour radio documentaries about the man and his music, including Conversations about the King, which was nominated for a Best Music Documentary award in 2018, I now hope to highlight the aspects of Elvis's art and life, that Baz has excluded from his movie. And in some cases, sadly, misrepresented, such as denying or belittling Elvis's roots in white gospel and country music, and, above all, the "never-ending spiritual search" his daughter Lisa says he was always on. This is the first of 3 podcasts. 


8 Aug 2022

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Art of the Cut with the editors of Baz Luhrmann's "Elvis"

Art of the Cut

Jonathan Redmond and Matt Villa discuss their editing of the Baz Luhrmann film, "Elvis." Jonathan has edited the film “The Great Gatsby” and the TV series including The Get Down, Wonders of Australia’s National Parks, Romeo & Juliet: A Monkey’s Tale, and Pelicans of the Ghost Lakes. He was also First Assistant Editor on Moulin Rouge. Matt Villa has edited features including The Great Gatsby, Peter Rabbit 2, Winchester, and Predestination. He was also an additional editor on the Lego Batman Movie, The Lego Movie 2, Happy Feet 2 and Australia.


15 Jul 2022

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Ep. 363: Baz Luhrmann’s Great New Movie "Elvis" is Much More Than The Sum of Its Parts

The Chauncey DeVega Show

This week’s very special episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show focuses on Baz Luhrmann’s new movie Elvis and the life, music, legend, meaning, and enduring importance of “The King” Elvis Presley. “Champion” Joe Lansdale is the award-winning author of more than 50 novels including the amazing Hap and Leonard series. His Bram Stoker Award-nominated novella, Bubba Ho-Tep, was made into a movie of the same name by Don Coscarelli and featured Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. Joe Lansdale shares what it was like experiencing the Elvis cultural phenomenon as a young man; the power of black music and Presley’s relationship to it; youth culture and sex; and Luhrmann’s new movie as a work of art and a type of true lie. Joe Lansdale also shares a powerful memory about exactly where he was and what he was doing the moment he found out that Elvis Presley had died. And Joe Lansdale reflects on getting to know Michael Kenneth Williams, shares some thoughts about his beloved cult classic film Bubba Ho-Tep, and of course updates folks on the future of Hap and Leonard. Michael Bertrand is the second guest on this week’s installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a professor of history at Tennessee State University and the author of the book Race, Rock, and Elvis. Bertrand separates fact from fiction about Elvis Presley’s relationship to black music and the color line; the complex dynamics of race and class in Presley’s life, career, and cultural meaning; and why we are still talking about The King almost five decades after his death. Chauncey DeVega goes to the movies and reviews The Black Phone, Mr. Malcolm’s List, Crimes of the Future, Brian and Charles, The Phantom of the Open, and Top Gun: Maverick. And Chauncey is overwhelmed with emotion while watching G.I. Joe: The Movie 35th Anniversary. WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow

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12 Jul 2022

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Baz Luhrmann's No Plus Ones

No Plus Ones

After a big ol' break, we're back to talk about movies, dumb things in music, and stick around for an EXCLUSIVE interview with a very special guest who loves new york hardcore and hates vaccines!

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12 Jul 2022

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Episode 313: Baz Luhrmann On The Music OF Elvis

Soundtracking with Edith Bowman

Our guest this week is visionary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, who Edith has been a huge fan of for many years. He always takes you on a journey with his storytelling, both visually and through the maverick nature of the way he uses music and sound. You might have even heard last week's guest, Lykke Li, referencing his Romeo & Juliet as a really seminal film for her.  His latest film is the glorious, colourful and immersive Elvis, his interpretation of the life of the one and Elvis Presley - The King - who is played perfectly by Austin Butler.


27 Jun 2022

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Baz Luhrmann

Happy Sad Confused

This week Baz Luhrmann welcomes Josh to his home for an up close and intimate chat about his latest passion project, ELVIS, the reason why so many of his romantic films end in tragedy, and his unparalleled collection of screen test footage.For all of your media headlines remember to subscribe to The Wakeup newsletter here!Don't forget to check out the Happy Sad Confused patreon here! We've got exclusive episodes of GAME NIGHT, video versions of the podcast, and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


23 Jun 2022

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Disney Pixar's Lightyear review, Baz Luhrmann's Elvis review + Your Favorite Movie Villain of All-Time

Untitled Film Project Podcast

Three radio veterans discuss the new Disney Pixar film Lightyear as well as the Baz Luhrmann visual spectacle that is Elvis. Plus we get YOUR favorite movie villain's of all-time! Come hang out with us!


20 Jun 2022