Australia | 2006 | 91min | 35mm | COLOR | Drama | Musical
< Razzle Dazzle - A Journey into Dance> follows the eager young members of Jonathon Dance and Talent School who battle to qualify for grand final success at ''Sanosafe Troupe Spectacular,'' Australia''s most prestigious dance competition. Talent School, the reigning champion of the past five years. is led by the innovation-wary Elizabeth, while the newbies at Jonathon Dance, prepare for their first competition with only a solid belief in power of dance to change the world. Uncovering the murky world of dance competition politics, the film lampoons the pressured dance instructors and the hysterics of the pushy stage moms with its fake-documentary touches. Following the hardworking students at Jonathon Dance Academy, the films cleverly straddles the line between fiction and reality by mixing the documentary-esque footage and < interview> clips. Based on a short story written by Carolyn Wilson, Ashton''s wife, the film is a warmhearted satire of the overheated dance competition scene. Ben Miller as Jonathon and top-notch actress Kerry Armstrong as pushy mom Julia memorably demonstrate their fine acting abilities. Viewers will find themselves anxiously awaiting the outcome of the climax - Who will be the winners?
Born in 1963. As a commercials director, he has won numerous international awards. Following his short film, < The Extra>(1999), he made his first feature-length film, < Thunderstruck> in 2004. His second feature film, < Razzle and Dazzle> has received good reviews from audience and critics and invited to Generation section in 2007 Berlin Int'l Film Festival.