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12 03 2013 - Media release

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby to open Cannes Film Festival

Australian feature film The Great Gatsby from acclaimed filmmaker Baz Luhrmann will open the prestigious 66th Cannes Film Festival on 15 May 2013.

The Great Gatsby is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Long Island-set novel, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Australian actor Joel Edgerton. The film also stars Australian actors Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Clarke and Jack Thompson.

Screen Australia’s Chief Executive Ruth Harley said, “It’s an extraordinary accolade for Baz and his team to open the world’s premier film festival with The Great Gatsby.”

In November 2012, Baz Luhrmann, along with his wife Catherine Martin and others, highlighted the importance of the Producer Offset in bringing large-budget feature projects to Australia. He said:

“CM and I give much thought to how valuable our longstanding and deep creative relationships in Australia are, from photography, acting, visual effects, production design and in every other aspect of the filmmaking process. Possibly the greatest filmmaking asset Australia has is our crews and creative collaborators...  Without the Producer Offset, there is simply no way that we could have picked up on and continued the creative relationships that have evolved with us in Australia, and that have so enriched our creative process.”

The Cannes Film Festival takes place 15–26 May 2013 in France.

THE GREAT GATSBY
Bazmark Film Pty Limited
Producers Catherine Knapman, Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick, Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin
Executive Producers Barrie M. Osborne, Bruce Berman
Writers Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce
Director Baz Luhrmann
Cast Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki, Amitabh Bachchan, Jack Thompson
International sales Warner Bros Pictures, a Warner Bros Entertainment Company
Australian distributor Roadshow Films
Synopsis An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbour, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await.

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