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THE GREAT GATSBY

17 May 2011

 

"In casting Tom, one had to find and actor who could credibly be (as Fitzgerald describes him) 'one the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven,' has five-star acting chops, and - in the big dramatic showdown scenes between Gatsby and Tom - can hold the screen against Leonardo DiCaprio in the appropriate age group. Any wonder it has been a long and thorough journey. The simple truth is that Joel came into our rehearsal space in New York and fulfilled all of the above criteria, and then some."

- Baz Luhrmann, May 17, 2011


Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton photographed auditioning for the role of Tom Buchanan.
New york City, May 13, 2011
Photo: Baz Luhrmann. Copyright: Bazmark

 

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THE GREAT GATSBY

11 May 2011

 

The role of Jordan Baker, famous golfer and aloof love interest of narrator Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), is to be played by unknown newcomer Elizabeth Debicki, fresh out of the Victorian College of the Arts.

"It was a surprising result, but Elizabeth's grasp of the material and her chemical connectivity to Tobey Maguire, in addition to her striking, athletic appearance, had us in a place where we were fully confident and ready to take the leap of giving the role of Jordan Baker to what, I guess, people would term 'a discovery.' We are thrilled. As each role in Gatsby is cast, we seek, in the most dramatic way, to clarify each of Fitzgerald's characters, one against the other."

- Baz Luhrmann, May 11, 2011


Elizabeth Debicki

Elizabeth Debicki photographed auditioning for the role of Jordan Baker.
Los Angeles, April 25, 2011
Photo: Baz Luhrmann. Copyright: Bazmark

 

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Catch the Australian free-to-air premiere of "Australia"
on Channel Ten, Sunday 24th January, 8.30pm

 

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23 January 2011

The plot of 'Australia' is a work of fiction...a romantic epic. While not a documentary, the historical canvas on which we paint the love story is drawn from fact. In constructing the story, we had a set of rules which were strictly adhered to: as long as it does not fundamentally change the truth, if it's better storytelling achieved through a conjunction of time or a changed circumstance, then we would do this this if it was better storytelling and clearer to the audience. We were aware at all times that the audience is there to have an emotional experience. Although the events in the story are imagined, each one of them has a factual reference that we unearthed during an extensive two year period of research.

- Baz Luhrmann, January 23, 2011

 

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23 January 2011

 

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THE GREAT GATSBY

RESEARCH MATERIAL

10 December 2010

 

In an interview with Mandi Bierly of Entertainment Weekly, Baz Luhrmann stated the following: 

"Genuine audience participation...is a really healthy thing in the creation of a work. This list is what we've read. Go read that, and help me. If you want to have a point of view, get informed, and let's try and make the best interpretation for today."

In response to this, we have printed the research material that Baz and his team have been drawing from. It is early in the process, so no doubt the list will grow, and we welcome any suggestions or additional material that anyone interested in engaging in the creative journey would like to send in.

- Anton Monsted, General Manager, Bazmark.Inq

 

For a list of Bazmark's research material click here

 

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STRICTLY BALLROOM

30 November 2010

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THE GREAT GATSBY

15 November 2010

 

The results from the workshop process on The Great Gatsby have been very encouraging. There are a few elements that I feel need to be resolved before I would categorically state that this is my next film.

Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world's most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation.

However, specific to this particular production of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: "Hello, Daisy Buchanan".

- Baz Luhrmann, November 15, 2010


Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan photographed auditioning for the role of Daisy Buchanan.
New York City, November 2, 2010.
Photo: Baz Luhrmann. Copyright: Bazmark

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