At the age of 15, Australian film director Robert Luketic won his first film award at the ATOM Film Festival. He later graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in Melbourne, Australia, one of the country’s most esteemed film schools.
Luketic’s short film Titsiana Booberini centered on a girl ridiculed by her fellow supermarket co-workers for having a moustache. The film became a hit on the film festival circuit, playing at the Telluride, Santa Barbara, Sundance and Aspen film festivals. It also won a Jury Award for Best Student Comedy at the Aspen Shortsfest.
The success of Titsiana Booberini got Hollywood’s attention, and Luketic was hired by MGM to direct the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde. Luketic's feature film debut, Legally Blonde eventually grossed $100 million in the United States and was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards.
His next two films were big Hollywood romantic comedies. Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004) stared Topher Grace, Kate Bosworth and Nathan Lane, and Monster-in-Law (2005) stared Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda and Michael Vartan.
Luketic’s most recent directorial offering, 21, is based on Ben Mezrich’s book Bringing Down the House. The film is a fact-based story about a group of MIT students who take Las Vegas casinos for millions after training to become expert card counters.