Filming begins on The Great Gatsby in Sydney

8 September 2011

Filming has started in Sydney on The Great Gatsby, which will inject more than $120 million into the NSW economy.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner welcomed the start of principal photography on Baz Luhrmann's 3D film, based on the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Carey Mulligan.

"Pre-production on The Great Gatsby has been completed and 17 weeks of filming is now underway, which will be followed by 30 weeks of post-production work in Sydney," Mr Stoner said.

"While Fox Studios at Moore Park is the production base for The Great Gatsby, location shoots are also expected to occur in other parts of our State.

"This major international film production is supporting many jobs for our screen industry and injecting valuable spending into our local economy.

"Over 400 cast and crew are being employed during principal photography as well as many extras, and about 150 crew will be employed for post-production and visual effects.

"Importantly, The Great Gatsby is helping maintain Sydney's reputation as an international film-making destination at a time when the high Australian dollar exacerbates global competition for major productions such as this.

"NSW will remain on the edge of the latest 3D film techniques thanks to the envelope-pushing nature of Baz Luhrmann and his creative vision for this latest adaptation of a classic story."

"I thank director Baz Luhrmann for his support of NSW on this valuable endeavour."

The high-powered cast of The Great Gatsby has drawn global attention to Sydney and its lifestyle at the peak of its spring-time beauty.

The cast includes Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio who is playing Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Joel Edgerton and Carey Mulligan as Tom and Daisy Buchanan, Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson, and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker.

When complete, The Great Gatsby will be distributed in 3D and 2D by Warner Bros. Pictures and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.