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Mad Max

Martyn Conterio


Mad Max (1979) is a freak picture. Too classy and well-crafted to be lumped in with low-budget Ozploitation titles, yet completely unlike other films made during the 1970s Australian New Wave, George Miller's directorial debut is a singular piece of action cinema, one that had a major cultural impact and spawned a movie icon in Max Rockatansky (played by Mel Gibson). This monograph examines the film's considerable formal qualities in detail, including Miller's theory of cinema as “visual rock 'n' roll” and his marriage of classical Hollywood editing and Soviet-style montage. George Miller is a ... More

Keywords: George Miller, action cinema, filmmaker, Australian films, Australian cinema, postapocalyptic action

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781911325864
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325864.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martyn Conterio, author