Baz Luhrmann Transports Audiences to '70s Bronx with Netflix's The Get Down
Cashmere Agency’s publicity team has been hard at work preparing for the premiere of The Get Down, Netflix’s newest and highly anticipated original show. Directed by the visionary behind Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann has brought together an incredible team of collaborators to tell the story of hip-hop’s creation, set in the turbulent 1970s Bronx.For a director who is accustomed to working on large-budget major movies, Luhrmann's expertise in grand storytelling and theatrics has certainly translated from the big scream to the small (streaming) screen. No television series, especially one that counts streaming as its main form of distribution, has seen this scope of planning and attention to detail before. An unbelievable amount of time, energy, and money went into ensuring that every facet of the story – from the choreography to the hairstyling – was authentic. With help from entertainment legends including hip-hop icons Nas and Grandmaster Flash, and costume designer Jerian San Juan of SNL fame, The Get Down successfully captures the cultural movement and traces its history through music, dance, art, and costume design. The show’s music is pivotal, as it demonstrates how disco and mixing paved the way for today’s hip-hop scene.Rather than airing the series on a television network, the decision made by creators to distribute the show exclusively on Netflix establishes streaming platforms as the current leader in original programming and entertainment. Netflix’s ability to cater to audiences’ desire to “binge watch” and assume more control over what programs they can watch, makes it the perfect platform for The Get Down’s release.The young cast includes talented newcomers Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, and Jaden Smith. The drama is inspiring and engaging, telling viewers the story of the birth of hip-hop through the lives of these South Bronx kids, who are determined to make their mark on the world through music and dance.Part one of The Get Down, which includes six episodes, will be exclusively premiered on Netflix around the world this upcoming Thursday. Be sure to join us, Cashmere will definetely be watching!