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Martyn Conterio

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325864

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325864.001.0001

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Give ‘Em Back Their Heroes

Give ‘Em Back Their Heroes

(p.15) Chapter One: Give ‘Em Back Their Heroes
(p.3) Mad Max

Martyn Conterio

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the development of George Miller's Mad Max (1979). The first iteration of Mad Max did not involve a cops-and-robbers setup; nor the bleak dystopian future setting or car chases. A vital aspect n the construction of the film's dystopian vision was Miller's medical background and years working as a doctor, as well as his exposure to road accidents growing up, which were frequent enough to leave a lasting mark. Another specific influence on the film was the 1973 oil crisis. The pervading mood of Mad Max is Australia decaying, going wrong, heading towards calamity, losing its way fast. The chapter then details the casting of Mel Gibson for the role of Max Rockatansky, as well as the shooting process of Mad Max.

Keywords:   George Miller, Mad Max, dystopian film, car chases, road accidents, 1973 oil crisis, Australia, Mel Gibson, Max Rockatansky

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