Where to Watch the Red Curtain Trilogy in Australia

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With the arrival of Baz Luhrmann’s film ELVIS in theaters, people are likely to feel the need to tune in to other movies from the Australian director. Luhrmann has given us some iconic movies over the years, so let’s take a look at some of the best titles and where you can stream them in Australia.

The best Baz Luhrmann movies and where to watch them

The Red Curtain Trilogy

The first is the first. If we’re watching Baz Luhrmann movies, we can’t get past his Red Curtain Trilogy. All three films were shot in a very theatrical style (the drama, my dear) and are some of Luhrmann’s most famous works.

Strictly Ballroom (1992)

Baz Luhrmann Films.  Miramax
Baz Luhrmann Films. Miramax

strictly ballroom takes audiences into the weird and wonderful world of competitive ballroom dancing in Australia, where the outfits are outrageous and the personalities (and fake tans) are uniform. plus excessive.

The synopsis for the film reads as follows:

An A-list ballroom dancer is paired with an unassuming, left-handed local girl when her hipster style earns her the disdain of her more conventional-minded colleagues.

Watch it on ABC iview.

Romeo + Juliet by William Shakespeare (1996)

Baz Luhrmann movies
Baz Luhrmann Films. Credit: 20th Century Fox

Romeo + Juliet by William Shakespeare is a 1996 version of the classic story of love and loss (and miscommunication). Starring baby-faced Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio, the film is a cult favorite for a reason.

The synopsis for the film reads as follows:

Baz Luhrmann helped adapt this classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy for the screen, updating the setting to a postmodern city called Verona Beach. In this version, the Capulets and the Montagues are two rival gangs. Juliet (Claire Danes) attends a costume ball organized by her parents. Her father Fulgencio Capuleto (Paul Sorvino) has arranged her marriage to the rude Paris (Paul Rudd) as part of a strategic investment plan. Romeo attends the masquerade ball and he and Juliet fall in love.

Watch it on Disney+.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Moulin Rouge
Baz Luhrmann Films. Credit: 20th Century Studies

Can you, can you, can you? Moulin Rouge! it’s a brash, high-energy explosion of glitz and glamour. Following the lives of courtesans in Paris, this movie musical (now a musical-musical) is quite the party, and stars Ewan McGregor opposite Nicole Kidman.

The synopsis for the film reads as follows:

Christian, an English writer, travels to Paris to join the bohemian revolution. He visits the city’s biggest nightclub, the Moulin Rouge, and falls in love with his star and courtesan, Satine.

Watch it on Disney+.


The Great Gatsby 2013)

Baz Luhrmann Films. Credit: Warner Bros.

While your best bet is to stick with the Red Curtain Trilogy (these are easily Baz Luhrmann’s best movies), some of you may want to revisit the green light with The Great Gatsbyalso.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan, the film is based on the 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The synopsis for the film reads as follows:

Nick Carraway, a World War I veteran who moves to New York hoping to make it big, finds himself drawn to Jay Gatsby and his extravagant lifestyle.

Check it out on Stan.

if you wonder where Australia is on this list, it has been omitted because I cannot in good conscience add it to a list of Baz Luhrmann’s best films (gatsby I almost didn’t make it) – sorry.

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