The A-List: Director George Miller talks
Fury Road, Oscar season
By Iain Blair
The Oscar-winning writer/director/producer George Miller was instrumental in introducing the new wave of revved-up Aussie cinema to the world stage thanks to his seminal and highly influential apocalyptic road trilogy,
Mad Max. But when the first in the series roared onto screens in the late seventies, it wasn’t just a fresh blast of non-stop action reeking of hot engines and even hotter desert winds from down under.
Miller’s assured debut, a bleak vision of the future, essentially rewrote the book on how to make a successful low-budget indie action film (for 20 years it held the record as the highest profit-to-cost ratio of any film).
He then went on to create two more much-beloved franchises — Babe and
Happy Feet — which did for talking animals what Mad Max did for young up-and-comer Mel Gibson.
Miller, whose diverse credits include directing The Witches of
Eastwick, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Lorenzo’s Oil and producing
Dead Calm, the thriller that jump-started Nicole Kidman’s career, was in LA recently to talk about Warner Bros.
Mad Max: Fury Road. The $375 million-grossing smash is the fourth in the blockbuster series, which left off with
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, released exactly 30 years ago.
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