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‘I thought it was a speech by Kurt Vonnegut’: Baz Luhrmann on making Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) | Culture

‘I thought it was a speech by Kurt Vonnegut’: Baz Luhrmann on making Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) | Culture

Baz Luhrmann, director and song producer In 1997, my music supervisor Anton Monsted and I decided to make a charity album with remixes of songs from my films. I was working on a new version of Rozalla’s rave banger Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good) that, for Romeo + Juliet, we had turned into an ecclesiastical song with vocals from Quindon Tarver and King’s College Choir. Around this time, a graduation speech apparently by Kurt Vonnegut offering life advice was spreading on a new invention called the world wide web. It was what we would now call viral – but it was also a hoax. Some kid had taken a column by a smart, respected columnist called Mary Schmich, who wrote for the Chicago Tribune, and instead credited it to the Slaughterhouse-Five author. We thought it would make a great spoken word song. We found a voiceover artist, Lee Perry, to impersonate an imagined Vonnegut and spent a great deal of time getting it right, so that it felt naturally spoken and rhythmic. A big skincare …

Faraway Downs review – Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman play two of the worst characters ever | Baz Luhrmann

The almost infinite space and time provided by streaming TV often feels like a mixed blessing: brevity and concision are underrated virtues. But all the same, some stories demand to be able to sprawl; to spread out and take their time. However, surely not many people who have seen Baz Luhrmann’s nearly three-hour 2008 film Australia would argue that was one of them? The very last thing Australia needed was to be longer. But some people simply won’t be told. And it seems Luhrmann is one of them. An expanded version of Australia is, bizarrely, an itch he has clearly been longing to scratch. During lockdown, while most of us were pondering sourdough starters and never-finished Proust novels, he finally saw his chance. Could something be done with the alternative endings he had filmed, or the extra footage he had discarded? Could he return to this story and make it fly? There was an outside possibility that this could have worked. Even if the total running time is now even more expansive, dividing this epic …

Baz Luhrmann to debut extended version of film Australia as six-part TV series Faraway Downs | Australian television

Baz Luhrmann will debut the expansion of his 2008 film Australia into a six-part TV series at the closing night of the inaugural SXSW Sydney Screen festival this month. Faraway Downs is an extended version of the Elvis director’s ambitious wartime romance starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Gulpilil, Brandon Walters and Bryan Brown, which ran for 165 minutes and was a critical and box office flop, receiving a one-star review in this publication. Luhrmann created Faraway Downs using original footage from Australia’s cutting room floor. He will present the series on the closing night of the festival on 21 October. “I was inspired to re-approach my film Australia to create Faraway Downs because of the way episodic storytelling has been reinvigorated by the streaming world,” the film-maker said in a statement. “With over 2m feet of film from the original piece, my team and I were able to revisit anew the central themes of the work. “I am honoured to world premiere Faraway Downs in Australia, the place that has inspired me and my …