Strictly Ballroom script
Synopsis: A top ballroom dancer pairs with a plain, left-footed local girl when his maverick style earns him the disdain of his more conventionally-minded colleagues. Together, the team gives it their all and makes dreams of the National Championship title come true.

CROWD:

(to Scott Hastings and Elizabeth Short)

Come on, 100!

SHIRLEY HASTINGS

Scott won most of

the trophies in this room.

You see, that's the tragedy...

my son was a champion.

PRESENTER:

Welcome

to the Southern Districts...

Waratah Championships.

You're going to see

some of the top dancers...

in the Southern Districts

here today.

SHIRLEY:

Well, there had been

some silliness in the past...

but we thought he was over it.

I mean, we never imagined...

that he would do

such a thing in front of...

Federation President Barry Fife.

BARRY FIFE:

And don't forget the official

Federation video...

yes, the only way to dance...

Wonderful to see you, Barry.

Barry Fife's "Dance to Win"

is on sale here tonight.

Yeah.

SHIRLEY:

Well, there was no doubt

in anyone's mind...

that Scott and Liz would be...

the next

Pan Pacific Grand Prix...

Amateur Five Dance

Latin American champions.

I mean, they'd worked

towards it all their lives.

And then... came that.

PRESENTER:

Samba!

CROWD:

Come on, Dennis!

CROWD:

Come on, 54!

CROWD:

Come on, 69!

SHIRLEY:

Ken Railings and Pam Short

were dancing there that night.

Ken's always been a wonderful

ambassador for ballroom dancing.

Tequila

But I know

that everyone there...

really thought

it was Scott's turn.

CROWD:

Come on, number 100!

LES:

It is true.

Scott and Liz became what

we term "boxed in" or blocked.

ELIZABETH HOLT:

Piss off!

LES:

It was no excuse

for what Scott did.

What the bloody hell

is going on, Kendall?

He resorted to his own

flashy, crowd-pleasing steps.

Come on... come on.

LIZ HOLT:

He forced me into it.

Where the man goes,

the lady must follow.

I had no choice.

I bet you never saw that before.

SHIRLEY:

I keep asking myself why.

Did I do something wrong?

Did I fail him as a mother?

In front of Barry Fife...

I'll cut the music.

Don't be bloody stupid, woman!

LES:

Well, to pick what was

actually wrong with the steps...

you'd have to be

an experienced professional...

like myself or

Federation president Barry Fife.

Barry Fife...

BARRY:

Well, of course, you can dance

any steps you like.

That doesn't mean you'll...

win.

PRESENTER:

The winner is couple number 69,

Ken Railings and Pam Short.

SHIRLEY:

Ken and Pam are...

Southern Star Interregional

New Vogue title holders...

Putting on the Ritz

City and Country Inaugural...

Three Dance Round Robin

champions...

Tulip Time Central Districts

and Outer Lying Regions...

Winter Five Dance

Two Time champions...

and more than three times

Pan Pacific Grand Prix...

Amateur Five Dance

Latin American champions!

Yes!

FRAN:

I've only been dancing

for two years...

so I haven't got

a partner yet...

but I thought what

they danced was wonderful.

I thought they should have won.

SHIRLEY:

Hi, Liz, I thought

you should have...

Come all the way down

from the Big Smoke.

Sorry.

SCOTT:

- Liz!

LIZ:

- Piss off!

SCOTT:

- Liz.

LIZ:

- Get away from me!

I'm not dancing with you,

all right?

I'm not dancing with you...

till you dance

like you're supposed to.

LES:

That's good.

Keep away

from the chest, girls.

One, two...

One, two, three, four.

SHIRLEY:

Partner-up.

Happy as Larry

they were last night...

on the phone for hours.

SCOTT:

I'm just asking you.

What did you think of the steps?

LIZ:

I don't think!

I don't give a shit

about them! We lost!

SHIRLEY:

Don't you worry about Barry.

Spinning the girl off!

Oh, Fran... are you out

of that apricot scrub?

FRAN:

Nearly, Mrs. Hastings.

SHIRLEY:

I'll bring some in tomorrow

with the toner.

It's a dollar dazzler

special this week.

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Baz Luhrmann

Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann (born 17 September 1962) is an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer best known for The Red Curtain Trilogy, comprising his romantic comedy film Strictly Ballroom (1992), the romantic drama Romeo + Juliet (1996), and the pastiche-jukebox musical Moulin Rouge! (2001). His 2008 film Australia is an epic historical romantic drama film starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. His 2013 drama The Great Gatsby, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. more…

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