Where to watch the Red Curtain Trilogy in Australia

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With the arrival of Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS film in cinemas, people are probably feeling the need to tune in to other films by the Australian director. Luhrmann has given us some iconic films over the years, so let’s take a look back at some of the best titles and where you can stream them in Australia.

Baz Luhrmann’s Best Movies and Where to Watch Them

The Red Curtain Trilogy

First of all. If we look at Baz Luhrmann’s films, it’s impossible to get past his Red Curtain Trilogy. All three films were shot in a very theatrical style (drama, honey) and are among Luhrmann’s most famous works.

Strictly Ballroom (1992)

The films of Baz Luhrmann. Miramax

Ballroom strictly 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 even After on top.

The synopsis of the film reads as follows:

A high-profile ballroom dancer teams up with a simple, left-handed local girl when her maverick style earns her the scorn of her more conventional colleagues.

Watch it on ABC iview.

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Films by Baz Luhrmann
The films of Baz Luhrmann. Credit: 20th Century Fox

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

The synopsis of the film reads as follows:

Baz Luhrmann helped adapt this classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy for the screen, updating the setting of a post-modern city named Verona Beach. In this version, the Capulets and the Montagues are two rival gangs. Juliette (Claire Danes) attends a costume ball organized by her parents. Her father Fulgencio Capulet (Paul Sorvino) arranged her marriage to boorish 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+.

Red Mill! (2001)

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The films of Baz Luhrmann. Credit: 20th Century Studios

Can you, can you, can you? Red Mill! is a cheeky, energetic explosion of glitz and glamour. Following the life of courtesans in Paris, this musical film (now a musical) is quite the party – and it stars Ewan McGregor alongside Nicole Kidman.

The synopsis of 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 its star and courtesan, Satine.

Watch it on Disney+.


The Great Gatsby (2013)

4 Baz Luhrmann movies you should watch before ELVIS enters the building
The films of Baz Luhrmann. 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 might want to see the green light again with Gatsby the magnificenttoo.

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

The synopsis of the film reads as follows:

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

Watch it on Stan.

If you wonder where Australia is on this list, it was left out because I cannot in good conscience add it to a list of the best Baz Luhrmann movies (gatsby I almost didn’t make it) – sorry.


by Baz Luhrmann ELVIS will be released theatrically in Australia on June 23, 2022. The film will also be screened as part of the Sydney Film Festival on June 15 and 17.

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