We watched Strictly Ballroom last night. Again. Hadn’t seen it in years.
I first saw it at the Toronto International Film Festival where it won the People’s Choice Award. A few months later, when it was released in theaters, I organized a big group of friends to go see it. I bought the DVD. Now it’s on Netflix.
Strictly Ballroom is an off-beat romantic comedy about competitive ballroom dancing. Scott Hastings (played by Paul Mercurio) is dumped by his long-time dance partner for doing his own choreography – it’s not “strictly ballroom.” He has to train a new, inexperienced partner in time for the big competition.
But that’s all surface stuff. The movie is really about self-expression, challenging the establishment, and breaking free of repression.
It’s about not living our lives in fear.
The costumes are amazing. The music and dancing are terrific. It’ll put a big happy smile on your face.