Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, known for movies with wall-to-wall soundtracks like “Moulin Rouge!” and “The Great Gatsby,” has entered into an exclusive, multi-tiered agreement with RCA Records.The deal includes the establishment of a new record label, Bazmark Records, with RCA handling creative, marketing and distribution worldwide. Also on the table is the option of jointly acquiring the rights to additional recording projects, as well as signing new artists under the joint Bazmark Records/RCA Records imprint.Luhrmann’s Sony Pictures TV series “The...
With a small but potent resume, the Aussie auteur has established himself over the years as an ambitious — if not exactly prolific — director-screenwriter. Luhrmann first made a name for himself with his 1992 rom-com dance movie “Strictly Ballroom,” and although he’s only made four films since then, he’s always pushed the creative boundaries of cinema — critics be damned.
With his signature blend of romance, fantasy and decadence, he’s bounced between the updated romantic drama “Romeo + Juliet,” the historical epic “Australia” and the baroque drama “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio — which he shot in 3D. Reviews were unkind for the latter, but it made more than $350 million worldwide against a reported budget of $105 million (making it his most profitable film so far), and it snagged two Oscar noms — for best production design and best costume design.
But it was 2002’s lavish period musical “Moulin Rouge,” starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, that won the most accolades, including eight Oscar noms (for best picture, best actress, art direction and costume design, among others). His most recent project was another period piece, “The Get Down,” about the birth of hip-hop, and his first series for television. It premiered on Netflix.