Baz Luhrmann’s film, ‘Strictly Ballroom’ revolves around a young character, Scott, who is trying to find his ‘inner-self’ through a series of acts which leads to repercussions of alienation. Scott is placed in a situation where he feels that he has a strong sense of belonging through making new dance moves in Ballroom dancing with another individual, Fran, however this ultimately causes him to become a non-conformist of the ‘ballroom community’. By belonging to one thing, he is now considered as an ‘outsider’ to the other. This is revealed when his mother is shown in a ‘mockumentary’ scene, expressing her concerns over her son’s change, “Did I do something wrong, did I fail him as a mother?”. At first, her break down causes the audience to feel sympathetic. However Baz Luhrman purposely portrays her as an uncontrolled mother, with her face ‘caked-up’ with her ridiculous make-up, though ironically she is a make-up professional. This causes the audience to be not sympathetic of her problems, especially when it’s something minor, in this case, making new dancing steps in ballroom dancing. This is a fine example of the pressure of conformity that individuals may experience if the group is majority.
Fran slowly finds her true identity as she builds a relationship that gives her that sense of unity and acceptance. Fran is first depicted as a rejected individual who desperately attempts to