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The Great Gatsby

FOXTEL Premiere November 3, 2014

Midwest native Nick Carraway arrives in 1922 New York in search of the American dream. Nick, a would-be writer, moves in next-door to millionaire Jay Gatsby and becomes drawn into the captivating world of the wealthy.

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