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September 7, 2011 / California Film Institute Blog

“The Great Gatsby” begins production in Sydney, Australia

       The Great Gatsby is a novel written by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was first published in 1925 and the novel is set on the North Shore of Long Island and in New York City. The novel highlights the enjoyed prosperity of American society in the roaring 1920’s. Republished twice more in 1945 and 1953, it became widely accepted as a paragon of the Great American Novel, a literary classic, and is recognized as the second best novel of the 20th century after Ulysses by James Joyce.

Production on the $125 film began on Monday directed by Baz Luhrmann. The title role of Jay Gatsby will be played by Leonardo DiCaprio joined by Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. Warner Bros. stated that Luhrmann will “create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before.” Local reports have news that the production will ship vintage cars worth up to $3 million from the Volo Auto Museum in Illinois. The features budget will receive a 40% rebate as the film qualifies for the Australian government’s producer offset. Filming is said to take place over 17 weeks and another 30 weeks for post-production also being done in Sydney.

      The Great Gatsby film is being distributed by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures in select territories.

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