the great gatsby movie

"I've been drunk for about a week now
and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library."
~ Owl Eyes, The Great Gatsby

This was the line that made Em burst into repeated hysterics on a very quiet bus journey, the first time she read what went on to become one of her absolute favourite books of all time. 

Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 and set three years earlier in New York and Long Island; The Great Gatsby has long been considered as one of the most insightful windows into the fascinating Jazz Era of the 1920's. 

It was a highly celebratory and hedonistic time, due to the end of WWI. Prohibition (the ban on producing and selling alcohol) was starting to come into effect, which led to lively, raucous and sometimes incredibly debonair underground drinking gatherings (Speakeasies). 

The book tells the story from the viewpoint of Nick Carraway, a Yale graduate and war veteran who has just moved to an area of 'new money'. Jay Gatsby is Nick's mysterious, extremely wealthy neighbour and the fabulous protagonist of the story. Gatsby is a captivating character whose lavish rabbit hole you can't help but find yourself falling willfully into. Then there's our quintessential flapper girl, Dasiy Buchanan - attractive, wild, fun, shallow, effervescent - the epitome of a young, free-spiritied 20's girl. 

Warner Bros. courtesy of IMDB

If you can  already imagine the imagery in your mind... it's about to get much clearer! The movie version is being released during December this year.

When we heard that the book was going to be remade in movie form by Baz Lurhmann, we couldn't contain our excitement. Love it or loathe it, his adaptation of Romeo and Juliet was unarguably visually rich.

The first taster of things to come is the stunning official movie poster image, which has now been released:

Warner Bros. courtesy of IMDB

Whether you are a vintage fan, a 20's fan, or a Fitzgerald fan, we hope that news of this film gives you something to look forward to. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for any updates.

Finally, the official trailer has now been released - here it is for you to enjoy!

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