Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Great Gatsby

For those of you who love the era of the 1920's you are all going to be riveted to the new movie by Australian Director, Baz Luhrmann. You'll know him from Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Australia and now The Great Gatsby. In true Aussie style and totally patriotic he's filmed a great deal of the movie right here in Oz.

Shooting took place in the summer of November 2011 in our own little neck of the woods, Manly.
This Northern Beaches icon is visible from most cliffs along our stretch of coast and looks glorious lit up at night. Its the International College of Management and you can see why its a popular landmark as its frequently booked for huge events, weddings, remember Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's nuptuals?

In 1859 the Catholic Church was granted 60 acres of land on North Head Reserve to build a Catholic seminary and residence.  This land stood vacant for nearly 30 years until it caught the imagination of 
Archbishop Moran upon his arrival to Australia in 1884.

The film schedule ran right through January, February 2012 further up the coast in Queensland and also in Sydney's Centennial Park. Actors Leonardo de Caprio, Tobey McGuire, Joel Edgerton, Carrie Mulligan and Isla Fisher to take us back to the roaring 20's there's every likelihood I'll be seeing it this weekend and reliving my great infatuation of everything Art Nouveau and Art Deco. I've quite a collection acquired over the years, so its going to be interesting seeing Luhrmann's vision.

You see a lot of the scenes were filmed here 5km down the road in Manly at the very well known landmark. Its been depicted as Gatsby's Long Island residence and in these scenes he hosts a huge party.

Baz has included alot of colourful effects that make the movie shine and glimmer, he's a true artist at this and has embellished the filming with great post production panache. Can't wait to see it.

Go see it too for some classic literature brought to the silver screen.

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