Film director Baz Luhrmann said: “I like to age humiliatingly”

Baz Luhrmann has said that he enjoys “aging shamefully” as he reflects on his marriage and life away from work.

he is a 60 year old Australian film director and producer best known for Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Luhrmann told presenter Lauren Laverne about his unusual relationship with his wife Catherine Martin, saying: “I’m an insomniac and we I live a very affluent life and we have these two children.”

He continued: “Our house is not like an ordinary house. It’s full of creativity and children and creativity.

“I work in my bedroom, my bedroom is a big, creative space.

“I like to age shamefully, so I’m not afraid to admit that I still love going out there and the club, and people are like ‘really?’, but I couldn’t help it.

“So I am a person who stays up late and has trouble sleeping, and she is [Martin] someone very early in the morning.

“We are still talking about it and there is still a great love and romance between us.

“I mean, love changes as you get older… but the depth of our relationship and understanding… I just saw her and very quickly said, ‘regardless of our structure. whatever, I don’t think I want a day where you’re not around’.

“That’s her importance in my life.”

The couple, who married in 1997, have worked together on several Luhrmann films, including Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby, for which costume designer Martin, 57, won two Academy Awards each.

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Baz Luhrmann with his wife Catherine Martin (Yui Mok/PA)

Elsewhere in the interview, Luhrmann was candid about his struggles with depression and how he manages his mental health.

“I think artists, I don’t know if I’m an artist, but I think people who have a big hole in their heart and are trying to fill it with imagination, creativity or whatever. … self-healing is a creative process,” he said.

“I mean you’re on drugs because you’re lost in a world or you’re so engrossed in the impossible that you don’t really think about yourself.

“But when you get out there, there’s a kind of decompression process, but it can take you to a place whatever it is, where you fall back into the pit.

So you have to dig out yourself again.

Luhrmann chose eight tracks to take with him to the island, including David Bowie’s Changes, One by Filter and Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds, which Luhrmann said he thought of after he had “lived and breathed Elvis” in 5 years while working on it. Elvis – a biopic of the singer, released earlier this year, starring Austin Butler as the King of Rock and Roll.

He also chose a silk blindfold as a luxury item to bring to the deserted island and said he would bring Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace to read along with the Bible and all of Shakespeare’s works.

The full interview with Baz Luhrmann on Desert Island Discs will air on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds on Sunday at 11am. Film director Baz Luhrmann said: “I like to age humiliatingly”

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