Baz Luhrmann Scrambles To Release The Great Gatsby In China

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August 28, 2013 | 2:26pm EST

Chinese censors have given filmmaker Baz Luhrmann the green light to open his latest movie The Great Gatsby in the nation’s theatres after realising it’s largely an Australian film.
The director admits he has been handed the job of opening the film in China at short notice – the movie will open this weekend – after industry bosses there determined his The Great Gatsby wasn’t an American film, and therefore wasn’t subject to the same scrutiny as Hollywood projects.
He tells, “A very rare amount of (Hollywood) films are selected for China, and Gatsby wasn’t going to be, and then all of a sudden the Chinese said, ‘Yes, Gatsby, go.’ So, I had to scramble my whole team, and we’re all on a plane, and off we go to Beijing.
“I do believe that they didn’t realize that we had made the film in Australia; that it was an Australian film, and it had to do with their (film) quotas. But, I’m not sure that’s entirely the reason of course. You know, everything in China is quite mysterious.”
Ironically, Luhrmann’s ambitious adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book was inspired by a train trip that began in China, during which he read the novel and came up with the concept for the film.
The director adds, “It is absolutely full circle.”