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21 Facts You Didn't Know About Baz Luhrmann’s “Strictly Ballroom"

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5. A version of the stage show was seen by Ted Albert, the managing director of a music publishing company. Albert was the one who approached Luhrmann, believing the show had potential as a film.

6. In 1990, production hit an unfortunate delay when Ted Albert died suddenly of a heart attack, before filming had completed.

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It wasn't until his wife, Popsy, decided the film should be made in her husband's honour that production was able to continue. Popsy took over as executive producer, and the film is dedicated to her husband.

7. The film had been booked for a theatrical run in arthouse cinemas and a single mainstream screen but shortly before the film was released, it was pulled from the mainstream screen.

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Luhrmann believed this to be the beginning of the end for the project, assuming no audiences would see the film without a mainstream screen.

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