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BAFTA to host its next A Life in Pictures career retrospective with multi-award winning writer, director and producer Baz Luhrmann

14 September 2022
Event: A Life in Pictures with Baz Luhrmann, supported by TCL MobileDate: Friday 30 September 2022Venue: BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, LondonHost:-Area: Digital Assets©Trent Mitchell, 2021
  • Luhrmann will reflect on his extraordinary film career in an exclusive live event
  • The event will take place at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly on Friday 30 September
  • ‘BAFTA: A Life in Pictures’ is supported by TCL Mobile and is part of the arts charity’s year-round events’ series for members, the public and wider industry.

BAFTA today announces that the multi-award-winning writer, director and producer Baz Luhrmann will explore his long-standing and extraordinary film career at the next ‘BAFTA: A Life in Pictures’ event on Friday 30 September, at 195 Piccadilly in London.

‘BAFTA: A Life in Pictures’ is a long-running series of on-stage interviews in which some of the world’s leading film and television talent share special, and sometimes never-before-told career insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their craft.

Baz Luhrmann is a master storyteller and pioneer of pop culture. In this 90-minute Q&A, BAFTA will unpack his cross-disciplinary versatility and interests spanning film, opera, theatre, events and music.

Lurhmann’s most recent film, Elvis, which opened in cinemas around the world this summer, has become the filmmaker’s highest-grossing film in the US and in 21 international territories and ranks as the second-highest grossing musical biopic of all time, globally.

The Oscar-nominated director, writer and producer first garnered major attention through the Red Curtain Trilogy, Strictly Ballroom (1992), followed by the ambitious and seminal modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s  Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Academy Award-winning Moulin Rouge! (2001), which brought back the movie-musical and cemented Luhrmann’s cult-like following amongst audiences and industry. In addition, Moulin Rouge! The Musical won Tony Awards for scenic design, costume, lighting, sound design and orchestrations, and a featured acting Tony for Broadway favourite Danny Burstein. Sonya Tayeh won for choreography on her Broadway debut, and Alex Timbers won the trophy for best direction of a musical.

Additionally, Luhrmann’s production company, Bazmark Inq, won two Tony Awards for the Broadway run of Puccini’s opera La Bohème (2002), followed by the sweeping historical epic Australia (2008). The adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (2013), also won two Academy Awards. A collaboration with Netflix later produced The Get Down (2016), a critically successful series based on the birth of hip-hop in 1970s South Bronx.

Luhrmann’s recent directorial projects include Faraway Downs, a six-part Hulu series reimagining his 2008 feature film, Australia, where he is currently living with wife and long-time collaborator, Catherine Martin (CM), and their two children.

BAFTA: A Life in Pictures has hosted figures including Daniel Craig, Quentin Tarantino, Annette Bening, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Fincher, Hugh Grant, Allison Janney, Keira Knightley Sam Mendes, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Vanessa Redgrave, Martin Scorsese, Kristin Scott Thomas, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet.

This will be the third BAFTA: A Life in Pictures event supported by TCL Mobile, following the George Clooney and Daniel Craig interviews in 2020 and 2021. Public tickets are available to book here from Friday 16 September at 10 am.

Notes to Editors:

  • Photography from the event be found on our BAFTA Thirdlight Image website here
  • For full information about BAFTA nominations for Luhrmann and his films, please visit the BAFTA Awards database.

For further information:

Ruth Elora, PR & Communications Assistant at BAFTA

T 020 7292 5863

E [email protected]


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