“I never in a million years imagined that all those wasted teenage years when I listened to music and memorized what was written on the album sleeves, that it would become my vocation,” says Anton Monsted, The Great Gatsby’s executive music supervisor and co-producer. He has been fellow Aussie Baz Luhrmann’s right-hand man since graduating college at 21, going to work for his Bazmark production company as an office assistant and researching Elizabethan text for Romeo + Juliet. Monsted went on to become the music supervisor and music producer for Moulin Rouge! and is half of BLAM, the name he and Baz use for their musical collaborations.
"The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature."
There's much to be learned from the author's fiction, too, especially his most famous novel, "The Great Gatsby." Here are seven life lessons we've taken away from the Great American Novel:
The next Screen Talks event will be on Monday 20th May at Exeter Picturehouse. Dr Sinead Moynihan (Lecturer in American Culture, Dept of English) at the University of Exeter) will introduce The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann, 2013)