I’ve tried to make ‘Strictly Ballroom’ impossible to date. It does feel a bit ’80s but I consciously made sure there was no technology in the movie that could date it.
My father made sure that I had lots of levels of education – from ballroom-dancing to painting commando training theatre and magic.
The food in Sydney is an Asian Pacific cuisine. It’s eclectic but above all it’s fresh inventive and creative and that’s what I love about it.
I feel funny about owning art. I don’t really want to say: ‘Wow come and see my Monet – it’s in a dark room at the bottom of my cellar.’
Sydney in general is eclectic. You can be on that brilliant blue ocean walk in the morning and then within 20 minutes you can be in a completely vast suburban sprawl or an Italian or Asian suburb and it’s that mix of people it’s that melting pot of people that give it its vital personality.
One of my great all-time loves in cinema and I’ve seen it three times is Bondarchuk’s ‘War and Peace.’ Not a lot of people may have seen that film. It was made during the Soviet era.
I’ve always loved the old epics that tell a simple emotional story whether it’s the tumultuous relationship between Rhett and Scarlett or Lawrence of Arabia’s passion to get lost in a faraway place.
Some of the greatest relationship films of all time the two stars have hated each other but mostly you see that chemistry.