The Business of Baz
Baz Luhrmann in conversation with Marc Fennell


Find out how master storyteller, award-winning director and creative ring-leader Baz Luhrmann reimagines ELVIS – and the rollercoaster leading up to it – when Baz chats with Marc Fennell about his creative spirit, career, collaborations, Oscars and his rise from small town NSW via Sydney Northern Beaches to the heights of Hollywood. Hear how Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Craig Pearce as co-pilots have captured imaginations and audiences around the world.  After the talk – attend the Red Carpet Gala premiere of ELVIS – fresh from its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

“It takes a certain audacity for an Australian director to make a film about an American idol. Then along comes Baz Luhrmann.” (Good Weekend, Sydney Morning Herald).

Baz Luhrmann is a pioneer of pop culture who delights audiences with his signature blend of fantasy, romance and theatrics. He is a risk-taker and innovator who fuses high and low culture and happily skips across film, opera, theatre, music and even hotel design.

In his chat with Marc Fennell, Baz takes you back to his small town NSW childhood where the off-kilter dynamic between a Navy diver father and ballroom dance instructor mother seeded a boy with a rare combination of a vivid imagination, supreme confidence, and the leadership qualities to muster anyone who’d listen to his latest flight of fancy. It’s a combo that has rocketed him from Narrabeen High School on Sydney’s surf-oriented Northern Beaches to the uppermost echelons of Hollywood. All via NIDA, opera, and independent Aussie filmmaking.

There’s the whirlwind of awards, parties, superstar friends and fans, Met Gala glamour. Then, there are machinations in overdrive backstage. Glimpse behind the scenes to discover what fuels Baz’s visionary drive, and after the talk – attend the Gala Premiere of ELVIS – fresh from its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

With credits ramping steeply from the indie Strictly Ballroom (1992) through cult triumph Romeo + Juliet (1996), Academy Award-winning Moulin Rouge!, sweeping epic Australia, American classic reborn The Great Gatsby (2013) to the June 2022 release of maximalist extravaganza Elvis, Baz clearly has the ability to charm powerbrokers and tease open their purse strings.   Yet, Baz’s not-so-subtle art of persuasion only opens the doors. It takes singular vision, relentless drive, and pure passion to see each project to flamboyant fruition – often despite critical contempt and a plague of self-doubt.

It’s a heady mix – Get inside the mind of the maestro with this Vivid Ideas Global Storyteller before he announces, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis is in the building”!


Special Premiere and talk offer – SOLD OUT

After being illuminated from Baz in conversation with Marc Fennell, have the exclusive opportunity to be treated to his latest film, ELVIS which will be unveiled at the star studded Sydney Premiere. Members of the cast and crew will be attendance including Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Austin Butler who plays Elvis and Olivia De Jonge who plays Priscilla. This is a money can’t buy opportunity exclusive to Vivid Sydney audiences and tickets for this special event are limited. Vivid Sydney is thrilled to be partnering with Warner Bros. to include this Premiere as part of the program – a first for the festival.

The premiere will begin at 7pm



  • ELVIS Premiere Bundle*: $120.00
  • Talk Only: $50.00

Notes: *Please note that the tickets to the ELVIS Premier has sold out. Handling and other fees may apply

Running Time:

  • Talk will take place at 3pm
    Premiere will take place a few hours after the talk at 7pm

Notes: Running times are approximate and may change without notice

  • Sunday, Jun 5, 2022
  • 3.00pm
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