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Spectacular Spectacular – BIFF 2019 ushers in a sumptuous season of cinema

Baz Lurhmann and Catherine Martin join the BIFF team.

BIFF 2019 is ready to shine with a star-studded line-up to launch a spectacular season of film. We are overjoyed to welcome our Festival Patrons, Academy Award-nominated director Baz Luhrmann and his collaborator of over 30 years, Academy Award-winning costume and production designer Catherine Martin.

The powerhouse duo have fused a pioneering bond which brought to the world stage a spectacle of opulence and lavish melodrama seldom seen in Australian cinema.

Following on from the popular Festival Patron Selects and Directs strands at the 2018 Festival, Baz and Catherine will bring their own unique style to the festival program with a suite of hand-selected favourite films to screen, as well as five of their extraordinary cinema outings.

These cinematic spectacles include the new definitive cut of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now 1979, Federico Fellini’s classic 1963 and Sergei Bondarchuk’s recently restored seven-hour epic War and Peace 1966.

Along-side these classics, BIFF 2019 will include a selection of Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin’s much-loved, visually sumptuous films, including fan-favourite Strictly Ballroom 1992 and modern classic Romeo + Juliet 1996.