The Stars of Australia
Baz's deliriously inventive movies—Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!—are unlike anything else you've seen in a movie theater. He says his larger-than-life stories stem from his love of old-school Hollywood.
"I grew up in a very small country town—11 houses, in fact. We had the petrol station—gas station, you call it—and we also had the cinema for a little while. I got to sit there watching all kinds of classic movies. I fell in love with musicals, but my other great love was the sweeping epic," he says. "I'm not pretending we're Gone with the Wind, but a film like Gone with the Wind has something for everyone. It's a really inclusive, big film. It has comedy and romance and action and drama."