Share the American Dream with Gatsby

Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan star  in The Great Gatsby
Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan star in The Great Gatsby

American author F Scott Fitzgerald died in 1940, believing himself to be a failure as his 1920s novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ was not the success he had hoped.

Fast forward nearly 90 years and his classic work is flying off the shelves - and also being devoured in e-book form.

Now acclaimed director Baz Lurhmann (‘Romeo & Juliet’, ‘Moulin Rouge’) has paid his own homage to the writer with a new adaptation of the captivating novel.

The film follows the fortunes of would-be writer Nick Carraway (Toby Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and arrives in New York City in the spring of 1922. Carey Mulligan stars as Nick’s cousin Daisy and Leonardo DiCaprio plays The Great Gatsby.

A 12A-rated movie, it is screened at Hebden Bridge Picture House tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 7.45pm; also at 4pm on Sunday; as the parent-and-baby screening on Tuesday at 10.30am and next Thursday at 10.30am and 7.45pm.

‘Chimpanzee’ (U) on Saturday and Sunday (1.30pm) offers a captivating slice of jungle life. ‘I Am Nasrine’ (15), starring Todmorden actor Steven Hooper, is screened on Tuesday (7.45pm) and ‘The Paperboy’ (15) on Wednesday.

Tonight Helen Mirren stars as the Queen in ‘The Audience’ (12A), with the play beamed live from the Gielgud Theatre, London (7pm). For details call the box office: 01422 842807.