On paper it seems like an unlikely match. Australian Baz Luhrmann–known for films like Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet–telling the story of the birth of hip hop in 1970s Bronx. But for Luhrmann, the lure of examining the burst of creativity was just too much and he was determined to make his Netflix series The Get Down authentically, with a series of experts onboard: like Grandmaster Flash, Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and more.
“I think I have the biggest digital databank of pictures and information [on the era], because when I do something, I really live it,'” Luhrmann tells Indiewire. “It’s not like I’m short of a gig, you know? I’ve got choices, but I just felt this was the story that needed to be told, and I felt it had value now…I wanted to answer the question, ‘Where did this brand new idea come from?’ And it came from active imaginations on a landscape that was devastated. From those who had so little, so much imagination sprang forth.”
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