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Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Great Gatsby: Leonardo DiCaprio and crew to shoot at Manly; Sydney Northern Beaches, by Greg Tingle - 13th November 2011


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The fun and excitement of playing 'Spot A Gatsby' continues, with Manly on the Northern Beaches of Sydney now being the fertile ground.

Celebrated (and over budget) Australian director Baz Luhrmann has somehow recreated the extravagant Buchanan mansion from The Great Gatsby in Manly, on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

Luhrmann was able to snatch the International College of Management after considerable negotiations. It's currently being transformed into a 1920s mansion like the one you would find in Long Island, New York, in the USA circa 1920.

We understand Baz will shoot external scenes on location while the indoor shots of the Gatsby mansion are being done with the magic and Hollywood - Aussie tricks at Fox Studios, Moore Park.

A large water fountain has been constructed on site to add to authenticity.

The site is where Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban got married in 2006, and they have been the odds and are still married, so hopefully that's a good omen for Gatsby cast and crew.

Leonardo DiCaprio is expected to sneak back to Australia via lear jet we hear to film scenes on location at the new Manly location within a week, and as soon as within the next 48 hours.

The Balmain region locals might be having a bit of Leo withdraw symptoms by now. The Rozelle film site was the former abandoned White Bay Power Station.

Budget is in the region of $120 million, but we heard its almost certain to go over budget.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's, writer of the famous novel would be proud.

Gatsby is expected to open by Christmas next year, but in the meantime we're enjoying seeing Leo and friends do their thing close up.



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