STRICTLY BALLROOM – Rediscover Baz Luhrmann’s first film this year at Cannes with Elvis in the Official Selection

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, M&A Films, Baz Luhrmann and Spectrum Films have collaborated to digitally preserve and restore Baz Luhrmann’s first feature, Strictly Ballroom in the Cannes Classics’ selection. This 4K restoration utilized original materials held in the NFSA’s collection staying true to the film’s original presentation in 1992. The Original Picture Neg was digitized by the NFSA’s Film Services team to deliver an over-scanned 4K 16 bit DPX sequence from which the restoration work was generated. Grading and Aspect Ratio references were drawn from other components in the national collection along with guidance from Baz Luhrmann and producer Tristram Miall. Painstaking cleaning and grading work at Restoration Partner Spectrum Films followed with careful attention to maintain original grain and density. The same workflow was employed by the Sound restoration and after comparison of a number of analogue master components held in the collection by the NFSA’s Audio Services team, the best quality sound master was selected and restorative work was completed at Soundfirm and Spectrum Films.
French subtitles for Cannes produced by Access Media Pty Ltd

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