Achieve Your Dreams, Be Yourself

Strictly Ballroom
“A life lived in fear is a life half-lived.” Fran, from Strictly Ballroom

A recurring theme for many of us is fear of failure. Sad, but true. It’s much safer to go the easy, familiar route. Whether quitting a safe job to pursue a career in more risky space, or chasing a dream connected to the arts, sports or cuisine, the odds feel stacked against us. Yes, these categories have some level of unpredictability, but if that’s where your passion lies, you have to take the leap to have the best chance of true fulfillment. There can be fear, but failure is not part of the equation, in the long run.

For our hero (Scott Hastings) in Strictly Ballroom, this theme becomes his awakening, his challenge, and ultimately his win. Baz Luhrmann’s directorial debut is full of youthful dreams about making it, and people fighting for artistic freedom against the naysayers. Scott knows he has a talent, and wants to be able to express himself. But it’s a risk. And he has no choice but to listen to his heart, even if it means breaking the rules.

Be Yourself

In the movie, Scott is a top ballroom dancer and reluctantly pairs with a plain, less talented local girl when his maverick style earns him the disdain of his more conservative and traditional colleagues. Together, the team gives it their all and challenges the system in the National Championship. He ultimately has to follow his heart, his calling and be himself.

Now celebrating the 25th anniversary of its release, this crowd pleaser took the Cannes Film Festival by storm, before earning Audience Awards in Toronto and Palm Springs. The new “musical” version of Strictly Ballroom opened this week in London! More than just a trend, we continue to see a wave of music themed movies embraced by audiences, from the plethora of music documentaries to star studded Oscar candidates like Whiplash and La La Land.

We had the chance but we were scared. We walked away. We lived our lives in Fear! Doug Hastings from Strictly Ballroom

Follow Your Heart

It’s no secret that movies with heart resonate with audiences. Listen to the rhythm of your heart when you watch Strictly Ballroom. If you’ve already seen it, see it again. I promise it will feel different. If you’re getting a chance to see it for the first time, notice how these heroes dance around their fears, until they reap the rewards of facing them head on.

You can see Strictly Ballroom on many digital platforms, including: Amazon, Vudu, Netflix, GooglePlay, YouTube, iTunes

About the Author:

Jon Fitzgerald is the Founder of Cause Cinema, connecting audiences to the best in social impact Cinema. He is also the author of Filmmaking for Change.

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