Strictly Ballroom (1992) is a comedy co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann about Fran (Tara Morice), a novice dancer who convinces Scott (Paul Mercurio), a ballroom champion, to be her partner for the Pan Pacific Grand Prix, and dance the steps their way, non-Federation, even though it means forfeiting a win.
“Vivir con miedo es como vivir a medias.”
—A life lived in fear is a life half-lived.
Fran: “Do you want to dance your own steps or not?”
Scott: “It’s none of your business.”
Fran: “Well, do you?”
Scott: “Look, a beginner has no right to approach an open amateur.”
Fran: “Yeah, well, an open amateur has no right to dance non-federation steps, but you did, didn’t you?”
Scott: “That’s different.”
Fran: “How is it different? You’re just like the rest of them. You think you’re different but you’re not because you’re just — you’re just really scared. You’re really scared to give someone new a go because you think they might just be better than you are. Well, you’re just pathetic, and you’re gutless. You’re a gutless wonder. Vivir con miedo es como vivir a medias!”
- Baz Luhrmann Talks Strictly Ballroom